Vanessa Yanow is a queer artist who works primarily with textiles, flame worked glass and found objects. She has been reviewed and featured in many North American publications as an exceptional fine craftsperson, but her BFA in Paint from RISD points the way back to a grounding in the visual arts, lending her work a unique strength that defies categorisation. Her sculptural work has been shown in museums in Canada, and in galleries and art fairs internationally. Her work is also part of the city of Montreal’s permanent collection, the collection of Le Musée des Maitres et Artisans in Montréal and in the Musée National in Québec City. Vanessa currently lives and works in Tiohtià:ke aka Montreal out of The Long Haul – a nonprofit, artist-run organisation that she cofounded in 2001. They offer 35 artists 18 studio spaces to make art out of and to exhibit from. They are dedicated to facilitating its members’ art production by providing affordable workspaces in a supportive, inclusive and secure environment.