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My Bio
I started making jewellery as a way to unwind after designing and hand coding websites all day. The jewellery eventually won and after years of making and selling a variety of styles I found steampunk. I love making jewellery and assemblage art pieces in this genre - and the lovely, supportive community is just a bonus. Steampunk has been very good to me with a few art prizes, being interviewed and featured in exhibitions and recently a piece is on the front page of the book, Steampunk Jewelry.

Favourite Visual Artist
Kris Kuksi
Favourite Movies
Pleasantville, Bob Roberts, Spirted Away, Howl's Moving Castle
Favourite TV Shows
Torchwood, Elementary, Sherlock,
Favourite Books
Brighter than a Thousand Suns,
Favourite Writers
Philip Pullman
Tools of the Trade
Brass, copper, clock parts, watch parts, findings,
Other Interests
My dog

Bye bye Igor...

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On the last day of last year I received an email asking me if I do large commission work.  I tentatively said "Yes".  That was the start of this ride.  They were building a theme bar called "Frankenstein's Laboratory" in Seminyak, on the island of Bali.  They wanted one piece - 90cm by 60cm - for the prime centre position behind the bar.  It's the place where we all stare while waiting to be served so it has to be something interesting and a focal point for the bar. Art and design is crucial in a bar/nightclub.  Without it a bar is just a large shed with sticky floors, loud music, dim lighting and TV screens.  It sets the tone, expectations
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Hi, When I joined DeviantArt I was astonished by how wonderful, supportive and engaged the community is.  I was even more thrilled when one of my pieces was featured on the front page.  But just as I was replying to many messages - I was hospitalized (again) for an incarcerated hernia, something to definitely avoid if you can.  I couldn't do a thing in hospital and during my recovery so the lovely messages kept piling up.  I felt so guilty not thanking everyone personally that I just ended up avoiding the site. But I love it here so I'm asking everyone to forgive me if I didn't get to reply to your message.  I'm fully recovered now and back
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unreal works!   Clap Clap Clap 
I am so in love with your work as i am a fellow steampunk enthusiast ^___^ this is really creative and awesome :D
Thank you so much Brb-gtgmilkacow!   Steampunk was a revelation to me - I felt like I'd found my creative home.  
Michelle, you are an awesome artist! I wish you a very happy birthday, and hope you have 100 more happy, healthy, and creative years!
Thank you so much!  What a lovely message - you've made my day!  Really appreciate it - thanks again.
Happy, happy birthday Michele! I hope this year of your life is filled with many more of your amazing creations!
Your stuff is just too cool! xD