“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 merges her love of community activism, creative wellness, and jewelry fabrication with BQMNY. Vanessa is motivated by the creativity, resiliency, and contributions underrepresented communities make to fashion, jewelry, creativity, and art. She believes in enhancing access to resources, skills, and visibility for people who have been traditionally excluded as professionals, artisans, and customers in these industries.

BQMNY has been featured in NYC Jewelry Week, Metalsmiths for Change, Ori Art Gallery, and has vended at over 40 events including Allied Media Conference, Princeton’s NEQTPOC Conference, and National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. They are a proud member of the Black in Jewelry Coalition and the Women’s Jewelry Association.