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Allison Milham shows at the University of Missouri

Published May 12, 2015

FSU Art Adjunct Instructor, Allison Milham, was a visiting artist at the University of Missouri April 27th-30th. Milham worked with students and faculty in the Fibers Department over several days to produce and install the piece, “Famous Are the Flowers.” The show will be up from April 30th-May 9th in the Craft Studio Gallery at Memorial Union on the main campus.

More about this project:


Famous Are the Flowers, is an ongoing, large-scale installation piece by artist, Allison Leialoha Milham. The work is aimed at raising awareness of Hawai’i’s political past and history of organized resistance to U.S. annexation, focusing on the Ku‘e Anti-Annexation Petitions of 1897. These petitions, recently recovered from the National Archives, are compelling evidence of the national opposition to annexation and the signatures of these ancestors provide a powerful link to this past for Hawaiians living today.


The installation in comprised of handmade paper flowers, one per each name found on the petitions. The flowers forms are made from Abaca, which is a plant fiber similar to hemp, and when overbeaten, develops very high shrinkage and translucency. The circular sheets of paper are allowed to air dry, creating an organic flower form, each one unique. Eventually, all 21,000 signatures that were gathered on these historic petitions will be represented in the piece.
During my time with MU students, we produced 1,008 flowers, representing 21 of the 556 pages.


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