“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”

― Audre Lorde

Vanessa B. Miller, LMSW identifies as a Black, queer, Jamaican born woman and they are the sole artist, designer, and metalsmith behind BQMNY. They are a self taught artist that began wire wrapping in 2016 and ascended to lapidary, electroforming, metalsmithing, and jewelry design & facilitation.

Each piece of jewelry is created in the tiny corner of Vee’s LES studio apartment with a collection of crystals, metals, and tools that they’ve acquired over the years. Vanessa lives & works in New York, NY out of her studio apartment that she shares with her 30+ plant children.

Vee serves on the 2023 Board of the Women’s Jewelry Association as a Co-VP of Programming. She is also a licensed clinician with formal training in working with LGBTQ communities. In her free time they enjoy basking in nature and learning about plant medicine.