Adria is the queen of collage and mixed media!
Her artistic background brings a unique perspective to shoemaking.
To learn more about her process and to check out her dreamy works of art... Keep reading!
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Adria Mirabelli and I’m currently based in Toronto, Canada. I will be studying at Polimoda in Florence Italy in 2021 to pursue a Masters in Footwear Design. I graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2015 with a Major in Drawing and Painting and Minor in Fibres. After graduating, I established a studio practice for 5 years in an artist collective, and worked as a Visual Merchandiser for Fashion at a handful of companies.
Custom Digitally printed velvet Oxfords designed and made by Adria during our Intermediate shoemaking worksop in 2019
Ps- Adria developed all of her own prints and had them digitally printed on different fabrics. Each print was developed from her collage artwork.
If you were a shoe what style of shoe would you be?
I would definitely be a mule! Personally a clog mule or low heeled mule is my favourite kind of shoe to wear. It’s a very easy-going shoe that is easy to slide on. It can be elegant, fashion forward, or sexy depending on the design. Also it nods to nostalgia with reference to the 60s and 70s which are my favourite eras in time. A bedroom slipper mule with fur on the upper…so gorgeous.
Custom digitally printed Velvet Mules with ankle strap detail deigned and made by Adria during her Studio Intensive in 2019
What inspired you to take classes at Art and Sole?
I wanted to learn more about the art of hand making shoes, learn new skills, and put them towards my dream of further pursuing further education in the field. The courses were amazing! I took the heels, boots, and espadrilles courses and also took advantage of the Studio Intensive option to work on personal projects. I always came in with wild ideas, and Jennifer helped me bring them to life!
A good example of one of the many wild concepts Adria has stepped through the studio doors with!
These boots were 3D printed and sculpted with Apoxy to achieve this whimsical shape
Have you continued to practice the craft?
Yes! I have the basic tools to make shoes at home, and look forward to studying the craft further next year in my MA course.
Another amazing pair made By Adria on her own in her studio in 2019
How would you define your style?
I love history, costume design in films of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s, geometrical shapes in nature, rich, tactile materials, playfulness, and camp aesthetic.
Custom digitally printed Denim loafers designed and made by Adria during her Studio Intensive in 2019
What does being a maker mean to you?
Being a maker means having the deep need to experiment, innovate and simply to make things! It’s all about the process for me and working with my hands. It’s also about dreaming, and seeing how a dream or idea can come to life in the physical form through the process of making.
Digitally printed velvet and leather slippers made by Adria during our Babouche workshop in 2019
How can we follow along with your next steps?
My website is www.adriamirabelli.com
My instagram is @adriamirabelli
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org