Michele is one of Canada's foremost creator of animated film. After working independently for several years, during which she made six films inspired by the Dada movement, she joined the NFB in the early 1990s. The first four films she made for the Board garnered a total of 27n international awards. Her powerful yet sensitive style, based on metamorphosis, was honed over this period. The charm and humour of her earlier work was replaced by a new serious vein, a focus on tragedy apparent in Dolorosa (1988), her last independent film and reafirmed in a Feather Tale (1992) and An Artist (1994). For The Hat (1999), a disturbing exploration of incest, she moved on rotoscopy and composite images to free-hand drawing with ink on paper. In Accordion, in official competition on Cannes in 2004, she tackled the subject of love and sex in this media and technology-driven age. With Robes of War, the filmmaker agains brings a femenist sensibility to a contemporary issue.