Born into an artistic Swiss-German family in 1972, Michèle Heibel
spent most of her childhood years in Switzerland's Bernese countryside.
In 1983, after extensive travels, her family made the decision
to settle permanently in Australia.  

Throughout her schooling, Michèle's interest in art never wavered
and in 1991 she attained her Diploma of Graphic Design at North Sydney's
Billy Blue School of Graphic Arts

Upon graduating she found her first full-time position in Sydney's CBD
as a designer in Kerry Packer's publishing empire and went on to
in the industry for the following eighteen years.

Amongst other things, Michèle wrote an online children's story
for Microsoft Australia and Art Directed publications such as
Gamestar, PC User, Two Wheels, Australian Personal Computer

Fast Fours and Golf Australia
before finally moving on to
Woman's Day
as a Senior Designer.

In 2009 Michèle’s need to return to her artistic roots and the
rural lifestyle she had known as a child became overwhelming. 
Within the space of a year she left her job, became
a mother, relocated to the Hunter Valley Wine Country and began
creating her unique artworks. She shares a studio with
her mother
Dorothée Heibel , who is also an artist. 

Michèle Heibel’s delicate artworks on black clayboard are created using only a needle
and possess a whimsical quality that will often belie a serious message within.
Her use of silhouettes has been said to be reminiscent of the
traditional Swiss art form of Scherenschnitt (trans. from German
to mean 'scissor cut', the art of papercutting design).

'I've found that the subjects I feel most deeply about, that I might find overwhelming to discuss or debate,
become somehow more manageable when focused into the point of a pin and contained in a miniature space