Cerritos College News Releases -- September 2004

Cerritos College Woodworking Students to Host Second-Generation Furniture Designer

Mira Nakashima will Discuss Father's Influence and Sign Copies of Her Book

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2004

Event Contact: Danielle Jones, Woodworking/Manufacturing Technology; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2986, dmjones@cerritos.edu

Media Contact: Kristen Habbestad, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451, ext. 2287, khabbestad@cerritos.edu

Mira Nakashima.WHAT:  Cerritos College's Student Association of Woodworkers will host Mira Nakashima, daughter of world-renowned furniture designer George Nakashima, at a lecture Monday, September 13 at 7 p.m. in the campus student center. Nakashima will lead an open discussion with students about her father’s work and the various philosophies that went into producing it. She will also be on hand to sign copies of her latest book, "Nature Form and Spirit: the Life and Legacy of George Nakashima."

Nakashima graduated from Harvard University in 1963 and attended Waseda University in Tokyo where she earned a master’s degree in architecture. She then returned to her father’s studio to continue her work for him. In doing so she embraced her father’s philosophy that the tree itself is given a second life in the woodworker’s hands.Mira Nakashima in her studio.

At the death of her father in 1990, Nakashima took over Nakashima studios and continued her father’s classic design while adding her own created pieces. More recently, she has been responsible for helping produce a retrospective show of her father’s work at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego as well as a show at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles this month.

WHEN:  Monday, September 13, 2004, 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Cerritos College Student Center Multi-Purpose Room
11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650

CONTACT: Call the college's department of Woodworking/Manufacturing Technology at (562) 860-2451 x2986 or visit www.cerritos.edu/wood for additional updates, parking information and directions. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

COST: $10 per ticket; $1 for parking (4 quarters) Lot C-10 North of 166th Street
For nearly 50 years, Cerritos College has served as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County communities including Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada and Norwalk. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 24,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.