Great Basin Press ~ Utah
(Allison Milham)

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Allison Milham is a book artist, musician and founder of Great Basin Productions. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama (2012). She teaches bookbinding and printmaking at Florida State University and works as a studio technician at the Facility for Arts Research and Small Craft Advisory Press.


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."

1200 standard (Last Copy)
$1600 Deluxe (Last Copy)

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Amazing Joe
By Mary Alice Milham
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Great Basin Press, 2010. Edition of 30.

4.5 x 7"; 16 pages. Text and images were letterpress printed from polymer plates and wood type on handmade cotton rag and abaca paper. Bound as a single pamphlet. Signed by the author on the last page. Numbered on the colophon.

Great Basin Press: "This book tells the story of an escape artist named Amazing Joe Burris and his final act on Halloween night, 1990. Mary Alice Milham recounts the days leading up to the event and reactions from her coworkers at the local news station."

Allison Milham, Colophon: "This story is based on a real event that my mother witnessed while we were living in Fresno, California."

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