From 1963 until 2006, Khaled was employed in the Directorate of Geographic Affairs, where he excelled in a specific kind of topographical mapmaking, using a three-legged compass to create exquisitely detailed contour line drawings on red acetate
that look like abstractions.
Some smaller prints make fine use of swarf - a material used by cutting tools, which produces attractive, almost floral-like designs, in varied colours, with titles like grey acetate, red acetate
and black acetate, beautifully patterned and coloured.
Eighties Christmases wouldn't have been the same without those thin pieces of red acetate
, shaped like a rudimentary haddock, which reacted to the warmth of your palm and curled up to reveal your personality.