Mirinda Kossoff was born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia. From her teenage years, Mirinda longed to explore the world, so she became an obsessive reader. Upon graduating college, she took the first job that promised an overseas assignment, working for the American Red Cross in Japan. After that heady experience, Mirinda sold her possessions to spend a year living in the U.K., exploring the London museums and the English countryside. Her passion for reading led to a career as a writer, journalist and communications director. Her first foray into artistic expression involved mixed media collages that were accepted into several juried exhibitions, including two at the Durham Arts Council. Mirinda’s metal work reflects her love for mixed media. Her designs are an investigation into materials, techniques and layering. Her work in sterling and fine silver is highly textured and often incorporates beautiful stones or specimens from nature.