Miw, short for Maria Irene Weinz, was born in Bogota, Colombia, she lived in the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Papua New Guinea. Miw has spent most of her life along coastal areas where she taught scuba diving. Sketching and taking photographs created a habit of meticulous observation of the ocean and marine life, her main source of inspiration.
Miw has been learning the art of design and craft for many years, in 2009 she joined the Corcoran School of Arts and Design were she studied and worked until 2015.
Committed to using only recycled and Fairmined materials she is a proud member of Ethical Metalsmiths an NGO that helps jewelers find materials from responsible sources. Her studio is in the Washington DC metropolitan area.