Vanessa B. Miller, LMSW is the sole designer and metalsmith behind BlackQueerMagic (BQMNY) LLC. Vanessa (Vee) uses she/ they pronouns and identifies as a Black, queer, Jamaican woman. Vee is a skilled jewelry artist and clinician with formal training in working with LGBTQ communities. Vee holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. She lives & works in New York, NY out of her studio apartment that she shares with her 30+ plant children.

Vanessa is a self taught artist that began wire wrapping in 2016 and ascended to lapidary, electroforming, metalsmithing, and jewelry design facilitation. Today, Vee creates handmade pieces with a focus on Black LGBTQ adornment, reclamation, and empowerment. With BQMNY, Vee merges their love of community activism, therapeutic interventions, and jewelry fabrication.

Vee is currently one of the featured artists in Metalsmiths for Change’s Black Metalsmiths Market. BQMNY has vended at over 40 events including Allied Media Conference and National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. Vanessa is an honorary member of the Women’s Jewelry Association and the Black in Jewelry Coalition.

In her free time Vanessa enjoys basking in nature and learning about plant medicine. She hopes that BQMNY will continue to grow into a comprehensive jewelry brand that offers apprenticeships to QTBIPOC people, heirloom pieces that celebrate our communities, & serves as a beloved minimal centerpiece of the queer aesthetic.

Photo by WithASeries

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