Use these resources to explore ways to fabricate, manufacture, self-publish, and sell your work!

Finding resources to help manufacture, produce, and sell work is a critical part of any business. Luckily, there are multiple platforms out there that help connect makers with resources for making and selling. For fine artists and designers alike, these tools will help you create and distribute your work.

Manufacturing and Suppliers

These platforms connect makers to manufacturers and the making resources they need.


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Maker's Row

For select types of creative products, this platform provides guides and contacts to manufacturers and factories to help bring your idea to life.

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This company supports startups and exisiting companies in their manufacturing and product development needs.

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Polaris MEP

Polaris MEP is an RI nonprofit providing a full range of consulting services that help organizations increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve manufacturing performance. 

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This company, co-founded by RISD alumni, is giving designers access to woven textile production. They have developed a patent pending system for jacquard looms that enables textile production in quantities as small as a single yard. 

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Selling Work Online

These platforms offer options to sell your work directly through online markets.

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This RISD-sponsored platform is an online source for goods made by RISD artists and designers. The website features alumni with online stores selling a wide range of creative items.

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Big Cartel

Since 2005, Big Cartel has helped artists and makers sell $2.5 billion worth of goods by providing an easy way to create an online store.

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Saatchi Art

Saatchi Art is an online art marketplace with a mission to help people discover and buy from the best emerging artists around the world.

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Shopify is an all-in-one e-commerce platform to start, run, and grow a business with the intent of selling online.

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Spoonflower is an online destination for print-on-demand wallpaper, home decor and fabric designed by independent artists around the world.

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Self Publishing

These platforms provide full service self-publishing options for artists and designers.

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Print Ninja

PrintNinja is a custom printing company offering high-quality offset printing for comics, graphic novels, children’s books, and art books.

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Book Baby

Book Baby offers a wide range of publishing options for creators including print on demand, e-book publishing, and marketing assistance.

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Blurb is a self-publishing and marketing platform. Blurb’s platform makes it easy to design, publish, promote, and sell professional-quality printed books and ebooks.

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