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George Nakashima Portrait
George Nakashima in his workshop
Join us as we journey into an in-depth and informative conversation (virtual via zoom) with Mira Nakashima — George’s daughter, and John Nakashima — his nephew, about The Definitive Nakashima Documentary — a comprehensive story about the life and work of George Nakashima.
For many who know him through his works and ideas, admirers of George Nakashima may think his definitive documentary would break down the design elements and trace the techniques that added up to his works. They’d be only correct in small ways, but his influences were hardly trending concepts. They were more a result of a complex collection of experiences of a lone “seeker” looking for real answers. During the Great Depression, George set out on an around-the-world voyage with a $250 open-ended steamship ticket. His goal was to find a purpose for creating. He lived in Paris, Japan, and French India over several years. George built a complex layering of answers and, like the classic “hero’s journey,” he returned home with this knowledge. He turned spiritual concepts of creation as a form of sacred devotion, the mystical found in nature, and the aesthetics of Zen into tangible new works, the world had never seen before. Told by one of his nephews, George Nakashima, Woodworker is an unusual artist’s story, of times and places that should be remembered and understood. It is a story quickly told in George’s autobiography, “Soul of a Tree.” With the fleshed-out story in this documentary, George’s life makes wonderful sense. He’s a useful inspiration for those who want a deeper appreciation of beauty, an understanding of how artists come to create, and for those looking for ways to find meaning in their own creativity.
John Nakashima has generously offered 15% off the regular price of renting/purchasing this documentary to those that register for this event.
This offer is good through July 29, 2021.
The discount code and directions to rent/purchase will be provided upon registration.
It is strongly recommended that you watch the documentary in advance of this event.
Given that there is a fee to watch the documentary, The Furniture Society is able to offer the virtual conversation at a discounted rate:
$5 — Students
$10 — Members
$15 — Non-Members
Please note that this event will be recorded. By registering for this event, you agree to be included in the recording.
In addition, this recording will not be made public until further notice.