Shopping RISD in Person and Online

July 3, 2018

Text by Lynda Simonton

The prestigious Rhode Island School of Design is a regional treasure, with alumni who create world-class art and crafts, but how does one go about taking advantage of their talent? Lucky for us there are several ways to shop for goods created by RISD alums.

Live within striking distance of Providence? Enjoy a day at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum followed by shopping in the museum shop, ­RISDworks, or you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the RISD Craft juried sale that takes place every October during the school’s alumni weekend. Prefer the ease of point-and-click shopping? You can shop from the comfort of your own home on the recently launched R­ISDmade website.

The popularity of art and maker websites such as Artsy and Etsy has opened up a world of possibilities for collectors and satisfies people’s desire for goods that go beyond big manufacturing. RISDmade features the work of RISD graduates through one easy-to-navigate portal. From handcrafted jewelry to bespoke furniture and everything in between, the site connects you directly with more than 120 makers who have been vetted to match the site’s standards for both quality and ethical manufacturing.

We spotted fabulous pillows, quirky wall sconces, mod rugs, a bevy of ceramics, and much more. Consider yourself warned: an evening on may be followed by several deliveries landing on your doorstep. But go ahead and shop guilt-free, knowing you are keeping craft alive and filling your home with items that can’t be found anywhere else.

1) Goebel & Co. Furniture 2) Eunice Park Textiles 3) The RISDworks shop in Providence 4) Gleena Ceramics 5) Wms & Co. 6) Brendan Ravenhill Studio

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