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This is the bulk of my creations made over 2010 - 2014. I love working in the steampunk aesethic, an age when beauty, craftsmanship and longevity of an object was more valued than speed, designed obsolescence, cheap materials and the bottom line. My name is Michelle Murray but I'm also known as "steelhips" on various forums and steampunk websites. I'm based in Perth, Western Australia although most of my clients live on the other side of the world in the United States and Europe.

Like many other artists and jewellers, I was making "steampunk" without even knowing there was a name for the style, let alone a thriving community around the world. The steampunk community is very special, not just a fad or fashion. Foremost it welcomes all, with many unique interpretations and a fluid philosophy. It's in that spirit of inclusion, steampunk artists, working in all mediums, are encouraged, supported and helped.

Steelhip Design? I had both my hip and knee joints replaced and my right wrist fused - all before my 32nd birthday. I've had Psoriatic Arthritis, an autoimmune condition, since I was 12 years old. So it's pretty obvious why a bio-mechanical theme features in many of my pieces.

You can email me here: mm@steelhipdesign.com. I'm hoping to exhibit in the United States some time in the next 12 months.

If you are interested in buying one of my creations, visit my ebay store steelhip design or my etsy store steelhip design to see any new designs.

I have a wonderful problem - I can't make pieces fast enough for demand. I also don't take custom work - autonomous works well for me and the client isn't obligated to buy something they haven't seen. If you see one of my designs you would like to buy but it's not in my etsy shop - please contact me. I do take general direction so if you want one of my hearts I will make one or tell you when I'll be making one. I always announce new pieces on twitter and steelhip design facebook page. Due to my disability, sometimes, I just can't physically work so if you require a piece for a special event, please give me a long lead time. Thank you!








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The Antipodean Steampunk Show

I'm thrilled to be part of this amazing exhibition curated by artisan gallery in Brisbane, Australia. Please enjoy this short film of the making of the exhibition and featuring some of my work.



Currently Selling October 2012


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January 2012

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October 2011

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June 2011

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