Vanessa Walilko is the international award-winning jewelry and fashion designer behind Kali Butterfly. At age eight, she took a beaded jewelry class and fell in love with putting together little beads in order to make whatever ideas she could dream up. She took a chainmail class in 2006 and hasn't stopped linking together lots of little rings since.

Pieces from Vanessas wearable art collections have been featured in international exhibitions, including the Society of North American Goldsmiths "Exhibition in Motion" at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, TX, the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art, and the National Wool Museum in Australia. Her pieces have also won international awards in the Bead Dreams competition, British Bead Awards, and the Wearable Art Awards for the past several years.

When Vanessa is not making jewelry, she's usually crocheting tiny toys, playing Stardew Valley, or writing papers on critical theory.