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Calling All RISD Alumni and Students: Join the Etsy Team

Jan 27, 2011

by Vanessa Bertozzi

Rhode Island School of Design, nestled on College Hill in Providence, RI, has long been considered one of the top art schools in the world. Yesterday, while presenting at a panel on campus with Kickstarter and Quirky, I announced that Etsy is kicking off our first official alum and student team. We’re so excited to be collaborating with RISD to gather students and alumni who are Etsy members. Whether you’re a seller or a shopper, as long as you are a RISD alum or a currently enrolled student, you’re welcome to join this group.

Apply here.
Christina Hartley of the alumni relations department is leading the team.

We’re reaching out to other schools and hope to foster these micro-communities on Etsy. Please comment below if you’d like your school to be involved.


  • SewDeePop

    SewDeePop said 7 years ago

    I'd love is Saint Rose College and Sage Graduate School could be included.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    Your team will be a great one! So many talented folks.

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 7 years ago

    WOW this reach-out program is a great opportunity, I'll spread the word!

  • TriStarDesign

    TriStarDesign said 7 years ago

    Fashion Institute of Technology!!

  • bannerarts

    bannerarts said 7 years ago

    International Center of Photography *and* College for Creative Studies (Detroit)

  • boygirlparty

    boygirlparty said 7 years ago

    yay, RISD!!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 7 years ago

    So many of my favorite shops are RISD. Can't wait for this team.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    what a great idea! risd is a wonderful school!!!!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 7 years ago


  • elloh

    elloh said 7 years ago

    risd and etsy..high 5!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Yeah! for RISD!

  • aychkay

    aychkay said 7 years ago

    Parsons The New School for Design

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 7 years ago

    RISD grad all the way! Yeah! Love it!!

  • melodieperfumes

    melodieperfumes said 7 years ago

    RISD grad all the way-second shop! So glad for a RISD team.

  • gildem

    gildem said 7 years ago

    Love it! Great idea.

  • kasawonderful

    kasawonderful said 7 years ago

    Wonderful idea. Shout out from Yang's on Thayer.

  • sarantos

    sarantos said 7 years ago

    It would help if you spelled Rhode Island correctly in the tags. :)

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thanks!

  • obtp

    obtp said 7 years ago

    I'm from RI, Yeah RISD!!!

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 7 years ago

    Back in my day we had to walk to school uphill both ways and carry our lunch! We didn't have cool etsy teams and the like! LOL Great idea etsy!<3

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 7 years ago

    Wow, great opportunity!

  • NineDovesDesign

    NineDovesDesign said 7 years ago

    A great way to connect and be connected as an artist/designer! Love it!

  • rinamiriam

    rinamiriam said 7 years ago

    This is a great idea. Congratulations RISD team! I'd like to see SMFA have a team.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    Great idea - always amazed by how you can be inspired by the work of your peers.

  • JaneMichael

    JaneMichael said 7 years ago

    I second SMFA! This is a great idea and I would love to see The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have an etsy microcosm!

  • FrumsGlassMenagerie

    FrumsGlassMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Great idea to do college alumni teams. I'd love to see a Fashion Institute of Technology team.

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 7 years ago

    Great idea!

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 7 years ago

    Great way to be connected!

  • ElenaMary

    ElenaMary said 7 years ago

    How about a team for Cal Arts, formerly Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles!

  • McGdesign

    McGdesign said 7 years ago

    RISD 1982! Love it!

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne said 7 years ago

    This is such a wonderful idea!

  • abamber

    abamber said 7 years ago


  • vKnit

    vKnit said 7 years ago

    great idea! xox

  • AleciaWesner

    AleciaWesner said 7 years ago

    Wonderful idea and congrats RISD.... Now for Syracuse University? so

  • DeniseAntoinette

    DeniseAntoinette said 7 years ago

    Great idea.

  • modernfolk

    modernfolk said 7 years ago

    This is a great idea. I'm so sad I can't visit the place I studied at as it's moved (new and ugly) but would be great to see the Dutch Constantijn Huygens academy here! :D

  • yevgenia

    yevgenia said 7 years ago

    Absolutely! Would love if SVA (School of Visual Arts) was collaborating!

  • windyriver

    windyriver said 7 years ago

    As a RISD alum, I was thrilled to see this post! Have great memories of my time there!

  • comoracat

    comoracat said 7 years ago

    I love you RISD peeps, but What about other grad schools? There are some great schools and I came from one of them "Cranbrook Academy of Art". Why just RISD?

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra said 7 years ago

    I agree!! Fashion Institute of Technology and the Art Institute of Chicago!!! great idea

  • habituate

    habituate said 7 years ago

    Beautiful stuff from the RISD shops. This is such a great idea to recognize those art school grads! I'd love to see an official team for the Savannah College of Art and Design.

  • allicoate

    allicoate said 7 years ago

    i love etsy! i love risd!

  • Spiderbite

    Spiderbite said 7 years ago

    RISD grad here too! I joined and look forward to the things the team will have to offer.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful school. Great idea.

  • emikodavies

    emikodavies said 7 years ago

    Brilliant. Looking forward to supporting the RISD team!

  • sarantos

    sarantos said 7 years ago

    I used to sell my jewelry at the RISD Museum shop. :)

  • yardia

    yardia said 7 years ago

    Hooray for RISD and Etsy!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 7 years ago

    I'm looking forward to the great things to come from this collaboration! Thanks again, Etsy!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 7 years ago

    good luck

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    Fun! We need something to come on over to Southern Cal! ♥

  • johilross

    johilross said 7 years ago

    yay! this is great!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    oh risd

  • angeldogdesigns

    angeldogdesigns said 7 years ago

    Yes! Been waiting for this group so I could join. I "heart" risd!

  • LOOKAjewelry

    LOOKAjewelry said 7 years ago

    Mass College of Art & Design!! :) in Boston, MA wonderful idea!

  • poisonivydesigns

    poisonivydesigns said 7 years ago

    Well Congrats to RISD! Now let's start one for SAIC (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago)!!

  • namasteyworld

    namasteyworld said 7 years ago

    This is a great post... thank you for sharing...

  • thespottedbelly

    thespottedbelly said 7 years ago

    Ooooh... Start one for the California College of Art! I wonder why ArtisShit was denied though... because they have the SH** word in their name? Etsy should be more clear about these things... and tell you WHY you're being turned down (so you can change your name (or not), improve your stock, take better pics, whatevs...). It's a nicely curated shop Etsy... kinda unimpressed.

  • missdtm

    missdtm said 7 years ago

    i wish pratt would do this too! what a fabulous idea...i hope to see that get started for other schools as well.

  • LaRose

    LaRose said 7 years ago

    How about Cranbrook Academy of Art?

  • tracyemueller

    tracyemueller said 7 years ago

    My daughter, a freshman at RISD and an etsy shop owner attended your panel discussion! As a RISD alumni and etsy shop owner, I was thrilled to see we have a team! Thank you!

  • KatyScudieri

    KatyScudieri said 7 years ago

    There's also Rhode Island College art dept.

  • DaVineJewelry

    DaVineJewelry said 7 years ago

    I'm very excited about this team, thanks getting this started up!

  • Leafpeople

    Leafpeople said 7 years ago

    Great idea. I'd love to see one for Massachusetts College of Art alumni!

  • markaplan

    markaplan said 7 years ago

    RISD rules... we make good jewels...

  • lesperancetile

    lesperancetile said 7 years ago

    Great about Alfred University, College of Ceramics? My niece also graduated from Alfred - now called school of art & design I think - as a painting major, so it would cover a lot of different media.

  • RabbitWhiskerVintage

    RabbitWhiskerVintage said 7 years ago

    Maryland Institute College of Art, a lot of us are on here!

  • jvizzacco

    jvizzacco said 7 years ago

    Way to go ETSY! So glad to be a part of this exciting team!

  • DaVineJewelry

    DaVineJewelry said 7 years ago

    Yay RISD & Etsy! I'm very excited about this team :).

  • bijouoriginalgifts

    bijouoriginalgifts said 7 years ago

    This sounds great! Would love to see a team for Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 7 years ago

    I'm not a RISD grad but I do live in RI. I would enjoy having quick access to Etsy shops started by them. Gary

  • sashabn

    sashabn said 7 years ago


  • HintStudioShop

    HintStudioShop said 7 years ago

    Risd_1991 Https:// Painting/design/concept Jewelry and acessories made with recycled materials

  • SuzannesStudio

    Suzanne Summers LaPierre from ArtbySuzanneLaPierre said 4 years ago

    I've been a RISD team member for 2 years :) - Painting, '89.

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