Makers ~ Brandon Thursby ~ Narragansett Pier

Artist’s name: Brandon Thursby
Shop name: RockYouWear
Instagram: @RockYouWear

1. Tell us about your work
The name of my business is RockYouWear and I specialize in carving pendants out of beach rocks. I collect most of the rocks from my favorite local beaches in southern Rhode Island. I also use gemstones for some of my work and enjoy experimenting with new materials.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I struggled for a while to come up with a name for my business and couldn’t quite find one that I felt fit. My brother gave me the idea for the name Rockyouwear so I have to give him the credit for that.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I started carving rocks about 4 years ago. I wanted a unique pendant for myself made from a rock I collected from one of my favorite rocky beaches. I did not plan on turning it into a business but I enjoyed making the first one so much that it became a hobby for me and then started to snowball from there.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from nature and I find that most of my ideas come to me while I am spending time at the beach or just relaxing outside.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
My favorite carvings to create are the ones where I don’t have a specific design in mind before I start. I just begin carving and most of the time I will find the direction I want to take it in. I do enjoy carving a lot of my designs but don’t want them to feel to repetitive so I like to switch up what I am working on.

6. What’s your best seller?
My best selling pendants seem to be my stone fish carvings and beach rock heart designs

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have been in Rhode Island my whole life. I grew up in Narragansett..

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The thing I love most about Rhode Island is that there is a variety of beautiful coastlines to explore along with a lot of scenic wooded areas to hike.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
My favorite place I would have to say is Black Point in Narragansett. There is a beautiful rocky cove there where I spent a lot of my childhood, and is also the place where I proposed to my wife.

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
My advice would be to work on things that you enjoy doing and see where your creativity takes you. Don’t be discouraged by mistakes or if things don’t come out exactly how you want at first. Experiment with new ideas and techniques because you never know what they will lead to.


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