Born in Kobe Japan to a charming Japanese mother and an endlessly curious American father, Miki Nora Christopherson was raised bi-culturally before moving to the US to attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was there that she received her BA in Art History, before moving to New York, where she attended FIT for fashion design. It was during this time that MIKINORA was gradually born in her tiny Brooklyn apartment. She has since relocated to Florence, Italy, midway between Kobe, Japan and Madison, Wisconsin. Miki’s designs are hand-crafted in her 5th floor sun-drenched studio overlooking the Arno river, and reflect the tension and balance of elements at play within the artist herself: where east meets west, where old exists in tandem with the new, the playful alongside the responsible, the rational with the irrational. Although principally a self-taught artist, she has been fortunate to cross paths with two metalsmiths who have been her guiding mentors. She finds the process of metalworking to be meditative and is often inspired by the problem solving necessary to the untrained metalsmith. When Miki is not creating her playful, geometric pieces, she enjoys spending her time dancing, eating, cooking, traveling to various corners of the earth, loving her husband, laughing at her cat and... more dancing.