Uluhaimalama Legacies of Lili'uokalani
By Allison Milham
Tallahassee, Florida: Great Basin Press, 2012. Edition of 50.
12.25 x 12.25" custom sectioned clamshell box containing pamphlet, postcards, lei-making kit, lyrics sheet, record in sleeve, stencil-cut portrait. Letterpress printed. Images and text printed from photopolymer plates and laser engraved wood blocks on handmade cotton/abaca, chipboard, and French Papers. Edition of 50: 10 deluxe, 40 standard. Both versions bound in illustrated printed papers. Standard copies are quarter-cloth bound; deluxe copies are quarter-leather. Title blind embossed on spine.
Pamphlet, "Uncovering Hawai'i's Past - Beyond Textbooks & Travel Guides": 5.5 x 8.5", 28 pages. Handbound. Illustrated wraps. Project colophon printed on bottom of this section in the box.
Postcards, "Let the Story Be Told": 3.5 x 4.5"; 4 cards. Laid in chipboard wraps with printed band closure."
Lei making kit: 2 x 3.75" black envelope containing 49 paper flowers. Thread provided. Instructions included on bottom of custom section for envelope.
Music by Queen Lili'uokalani: record of music selections in printed 12 x 12" sleeve. Lyrics printed on 24 x 12" sheet, folded once forming 4 pages.
Portrait of Queen Lili'ulkalani: 12 x 12" one stencil-cut sheet.
Allison Milham: "This project explores the occupied state of Hawai'i; it's political past and history of organized resistance. Milham combines music composed by Queen Lili'uokalani, (played and recorded by the artist), with a detailed portrayal of Hawai'i's story contained within the accompanying album, artwork, and packaging. The content plays out in an interactive uncovering; an intense discovery of successive layers to be sifted through, understood and felt. Postcards, 12" laser-cut stencil, booklet and other items of ephemera become tools, allowing the viewer to turn their newly acquired knowledge into action.
"Being one quarter Native Hawaiian, this project is very personal, honoring my family and heritage, but it also speaks to my interests in activism, sharing history and my efforts for social change."