Vanessa Johnson was born in the West Midlands. She has undertaken study in Art and Design at University College Suffolk and Glasgow School of Art. Johnson specialises in the creation of innovative tools and utensils for use in the home. A number of her designs integrate representations of the human form.
Johnson's work has been described as having "a 'drawn' quality, a playfulness and elegance, stemming from her passion for figure drawing and keen interest in historical 'medical instruments' and simplistic gadgetry".