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retablo: the medallion
The enamel medallions which adorn these works have been garnered over two decades of dedicated searching. I first took notice of that quintessential tourist collectable - the souvenir spoon - on arrival in Alice Springs in the early eighties. Little did I realise then that these few enamelled remnants represented the swansong of a dying art form fast being supplanted by vulgar (e)poxy bubbled imitations unsuitable even for stirring one's cuppa. Already the design artists and colouring teams had downed their tools, the metallic pattern presses and enamelling kilns had fallen silent.