The story Miki Nora Christopherson’s creative journey is a real trip—or rather a whole bunch of ‘em, enough to rack up a lifetime of frequent flier miles. Miki, who was raised in her mother’s native Japan, got her first exposure to crafting jewelry while taking a class during a family vacation in Bali. After years of DIY experimentation and a move across the globe to study art history in Michigan, Miki linked up with a local Japanese metalsmith—kismet!—and did a deep-dive into proper soldering and welding technique. Fast forward a few years to 2011, when the new New Yorker spent any time outside of her FIT classes melting droplets of bronze and silver into puddle-esque pendants, undulating, kidney-shaped bracelets, and squiggly earrings—and, soon enough, started selling them under the name Mikinora. As she explains, “Metalwork has infinite possibilities—I simply can't stop working with it. Trying to recreate things that pop up in my mind is almost an addiction.”
And, true to type, Miki now spends most of her time in Florence, Italy, precisely halfway between her two first homes in Japan and the States, where she indulges her dual obsessions: taking in time-honored art and making some of her own soon-to-be-classic pieces.