Linda Sudimack

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Sun City West, Arizona

Describe your artistic style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
The metals and stones. I tell my husband that the stones talk to me, and in a way, they do.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Metals and stones.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
I had a computer failure a few months ago and lost most of my pictures, so the above left is one of my favorites from the last few months. I do not name my pieces anymore, because it hurts when Google is searching for your jewelry.

What inspired this design?
My designs with Tibetan centerpieces were being copied in the shop that carries them, so I wanted to come up with something that no one could copy. I know that duplication is the sincerest form of flattery, but don't offer it to the same store where you stole the idea...tacky, tacky!!!

How did it come together?
This piece is the end result of about 5 necklaces that grew in complexity as I was making them. By the time I had the idea for this type of piece, I had made probably 20 or 25 necklaces. Now I've been making lots of these and none of the "intro" pieces. I never plan a piece out--I usually have a general idea where I'm going, but even that can change drastically before I finish. I buy things that I like and then I put them together as the spirit moves me. I can honestly say that I have never made a purchase to complete one necklace.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I tried to take a jewelry-making course in college, and because of the prerequisites and being a chemistry major, I couldn't fit them in. Did artsy things my whole life and had cataract surgery several years ago and need to then wear reading I needed an eyeglass leash and couldn't find anything I liked, and thought "how hard can this be???" Went to a local bead shop, bought what they said I needed and before I got home, and was already thinking what great earrings some of this stuff would make...I kind of progressed from there. I will bet that no one else started their jewelry-making career because they had cataract surgery though.

Who introduced you to beading?
I am self introducted--and I don't consider myself a beader, I am a jewelry artisan who uses beads, sometimes.

Do you have an artistic background?
I have done tole painting very seriously, knitted since I was 4--at one point, I could pick up yarn and needles and next thing you know, I had a sweater. Made some great ones for the grandkids.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
The internet

What other hobbies do you have?

Do you belong to any beading societies or beading groups?
No, but I read several jewelry magazines and I use the forums on my website. I also belong to several websites for jewelers.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Right now, it is my life!!!

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I have a website, I do a lot of social media. I, but mostly I sell to boutiques in the Phoenix area and some in California. I do an "open studio" 2 or 3 times a year. I no longer do craft fairs or markets--we're too old to be schlepping all the crap around, and my niche is not the craft buyer. Most of my jewelry is high end and therefore too expensive for most fairs.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Whenever I am asked. I also donate a lot of "older" pieces to a women's shelter.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Do what you love and love what you do. Be honest with yourself about your work and even more so with your customers.