Design can be the connection that joins us together.

Workshop Series

Facilitated by our creative collective, our Workshop Series spans multiple classes with a focus on knowledge and hands-on skill sharing. Bringing together Academia, Corporation, and Community members to share in the design process by learning from one another for positive lasting social change. 

We create space for this exploration with ways to disrupt the economy using innovative and circular methods for production and consumption. Participants can expect to learn, create, make and take home a custom product prototype. 

Want to participate?

We announce our programing on both our Instagram Page and Website by releasing important details and tickets. Tickets can be acquired through the EventBrite link provided to secure your spot. 

Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Our design lab and collective accommodates a small number of seats due to fire code safety and prefered learning outcomes.

Interested in seeing our participants sneaker prototypes? Visit our upcycled sneaker exhibition in our design lab. For more details click here.


Sneaker-Making With Up-Cycled Materials

Facilitated by Nelson Silva & Eske Schiralli

Our five-week sneaker-making workshop explores the creation of a pair of sneakers made by hand. Participants will learn to cut, sew and assemble a personalized pair of sneakers using up-cycled materials. Ending the workshop with a public Exhibition showcasing the participants final prototypes.

Nelson Silva 

Nelson Silva is a footwear designer based in Toronto with a background in Industrial Design and the hands-on sensitivity of a shoemaker. He merges small and large scale problem solving to tackle broader issues around sustainability and new ways of thinking about footwear. With over 20 years of professional experience, he has worked across athletic footwear design, handmade shoe-making for film/theatre, operating his own small-batch vegan footwear studio, advanced pattern-making, high concept footwear, and is currently the design manager for footwear at Canadian Tire.

Eske Schiralli

OCAD University Industrial Design Alumni and founder of Mad, Eske Schiralli will guide participants through a unique sneaker making process. Developed by Nelson Silva, the workshop focuses on hand-building without a last for easy construction to mimic at home. Participants will create a pair of custom sneakers with up-cycled materials, followed by a group exhibition. We believe by learning how to construct we also learn the ability to repair. 

Mad is a Toronto-based garment and footwear design house established in 2017 by Eske Schiralli. We have built a large and loyal audience with a name that is locally respected but globally recognized. Our distinct following consists of not only consumers, but of other industry-parallel labels, artists, and creators alike. It is our belief that this company belongs to our community just as much as it does to us — our only competition is now with ourselves.

Mad is rooted in social responsibility, environmental impact, and creating genuine connections with our customers, clients, creators and planet. I’m curious about the journey our products undergo from planet to people, and back again.

The mission of my work is rooted in exploring and sharing this process with others. Mad is a living, breathing case study of concept to construction and soil to soil that I wish to share via the brand itself, transparency of production, and our new venture into alternative education


Facilitated by Eske Schiralli


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