Ali Matteini

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Two Years Later: Revisiting Disinflection

Last week, into my inbox, fluttered this WordPress blogpost on handwritten letters. I’m smitten by handwriting on notes and letters, on backs of postcards and scribbles by my grandmother, my cousins, and classmates from long ago still found in schoolbooks, and in these times there’s an intimacy about them that I fear will be lost to this generation. Perhaps old simcards, those tiny digital notebooks filled with secrets, will be the replacements – who knows? Do they gain a vanillin perfume with age?

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Anyway, the post got me to thinking that, for almost 20 years I’d kept every letter that my school friends had written and secreted to me. I posted about these letters a couple of years ago, when the collaborative project Disinflection was in motion. I’m sad to say, these letters had to be jettisoned when I moved from Australia to Italy.

Disinflection came about after the end of an extended estrangement between my sister Emma and myself, due to a third party who delighted in wreaking emotional havoc. After that was put to rest, the idea for a year-long project was floated and proliferated between us and it aided in the tentative restructuring of what had been, in total effect, a 10 year absence from one another’s lives.
I love what came from our project and, needless to say, Disinflection has become lodged in my soul.

Reading back on the pages, in the last two years I’m intrigued by how things have changed. Not just the big, dramatic stuff but the little stuff – what was important to us in our lives at that time. The monotonies, the day-to-day frivolities. The need for change that was already afoot for both of us, whether we knew it or not. That’s what I miss about finding letters, I think.

Anyway – what better month to start, than December – and that’s just what we did. First edition came off the press December 2010. Hope you enjoy discovering it for the first time as much as I’ve loved leafing through it again.

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Alison Boyd ©

Image Alison Boyd ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image Emma Kirsopp ©

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Image & words Alison Boyd ©

Image Alison Boyd ©

Image Alison Boyd ©

Next post: January 2011 zine revisit.

One comment on “Two Years Later: Revisiting Disinflection

  1. Angela Highstead
    December 5, 2013

    Hello Ali & Marco,

    Been thinking of you a lot lately. Your soon to be trip to ‘Oz’ and I read a book by a Phil Doran, ‘The Reluctant Tuscan’ I saw it in the English bookshop in Siena and ordered it from Amazon on my kindle when I returned home. He had me laughing out loud with some of his descriptions and experiences. Exactly the ones you have had Ali. One expression I loved, “There is a fabric of life here, a texture…………….” I know you will know and understand exactly what he is saying.

    I have booked my little adventure for next year through Women’s Own Adventure again. An eight day cruise through the western coves of Alaskas north west passage. I also want to include Vancouver Island and go up to see the Grizzly bears. AND then I am trying to fit in coming to Italy again. My sensible practical brain is saying just stick with Alaska and the west coast of Canada . However Italy has the siren call……………………

    Yes, handwritten letters. I used to be a prolific writer of letters. My first trip overseas was in 1977, often I didn’t have time to keep a diary but always wrote my letters from the amazing places I visited. On my return my mum and many of my friends handed my letters back to me……..wonderful, my diary of my thought, feelings and observations. And my handwriting was beautiful in those far off days. Now it tends to be a bit scrawlier.

    Lots of love to you both.

    A lot of advertising of the ‘telly’ about the up and coming tennis Marco.

    Angela xx

    Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 20:37:19 +0000 To:

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