RISD (pronouced "riz-dee" or Rhode Island School of Design) has been around for 125 years refining artists and designers, stretching their imaginations, launching them into the world with the ability to create. Many RISD grads have produced products that we all benefit from and enjoy today. You can purchase items online from RISD at risd|works or in person at their beautiful Providence store, which features an annual collection of works by RISD alumni and faculty. Each item features a bio of the artist, which I really like, and when they attended RISD. They offer a variety of items from contemporary to folk, at affordable prices.
To me, owning something purchased directly from it's maker, so to speak, gives the item a feeling of being sacred. I cherish it for years to come. risd|works is perfect for those of us that don't want everything we own to be stamped, "Made in China".
If you're in the Providence area, you can also visit their storefront at 10 Westminster Street open M-S from 10-6 and on Sunday from 11-5. To view their website, visit them online at http://www.risdworks.com