Vanessa is a self taught jewelry designer, lapidarist, gemologist, and metal worker who merges community activism with her love for jewelry design. Vanessa creates handmade healing crystal and metal stamped pieces with a focus on Black Queer and Trans liberation. Through her online platform BlackQueerMagic she does outreach, donates, and engages with community members from across the world. Vanessa has vended at over 30 events, including the 30th Creating Change Conference 2018, since beginning her journey in 2016. In addition, Vanessa has facilitated jewelry design workshops in partnership with organizations like BYP100, NIRH, Camp Fort Greene, University Settlement, and BlackQueerMagic.