Born in Vancouver, BC, Vanessa and Design wasn't love at first sight. In her younger years of elementary and high school it was sports that fuelled her engine. She was involved in Softball, Field Hockey, Basketball and still to this day, Ice Hockey. She won Senior Female Athlete of the Year at her high school and surprisingly never took a single Art course.
After graduating, she didn't know what to do or where to go however, after being introduced to design by her cousin (an Emily Carr graduate) she thought it would be worth a shot. It has been a rollar coaster since then. She graduated from Kwantlen University in Interdisciplinary Design and also received a certificate in Magazine Publishing Design at Capilano University. She was also fortunate enough to land internships (and follow up freelance opportunities) at Western Living Magazine and also Modern Dog Magazine.