About Eduardo Accostupa & the Studio
I was born, the second of five children, in Cusco, Peru to a family of humble means. I understood early on that hard work, perseverance, and knowledge were the building blocks on which my future would be built. An entrepreneur from the age of 7, I convinced local business men to allow me to work with them before and after school (I never missed a day) and on the weekends to help provide for my family. I apprenticed selling produce, baking bread, and gardening, but my innately creative talents drew me to the local craftsmen. I developed a passion for ceramics, art, clay work, and pottery. I “interned” with those who helped me hone my skills and taught me to appreciate the natural wonders of the lands around me and incorporate it in to my work.
My transition to the craft of jewelry design was a smooth one as I became enamored with how my designs came to life in the silver. I eventually made my way to New York, where several family members came before me, with the goal of higher education and a new home in mind. I received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Business degree in hand, I then set out to create my own company, now, Sumaq Design.
My passion is the essence of my company. I have been very fortunate to be able to bring elements of my Peruvian heritage to the United States. After joining my family in New York, I made it my mission to integrate that which I set out to learn here (through work and education) with that of my learned customs. It is through my silver designs that I am able to fuse these two cultures. I bring with me the hardship of my background, that of the working man: working and creating with his hands to provide for his family. I also exhibit the pride I feel for my Incan and Peruvian ancestors in my designs. I am grateful to be able to share this work here in the United States (my home now) because it provided me with the tools I needed to fulfill my dream. In this “internationally friendly” market place, unique, creative and culturally diverse crafts are not only welcome-they are sought after. I look forward to providing for this niche.