This screen print is from the BLUED series which was originally a book (now sold-out), self-published by my studio Bombay Duck Designs, in 2014.
It is an illustrated documentation of the use of Taad-Patri, as we call it colloquially in India. The blues of a tarpaulin is a common sight in urban metros. Tarpaulin is comparatively inexpensive and typically used as a creative jugaad solution due to the strength and convenience of the material. It is commonly seen at the street-side makeshift shops as a base to display their wares and keep them safe from the dirt on the roads. It is also used for water-proofing and wind-proofing and thus can be seen covering the houses of the poor and the rich. During monsoon, the city often seems like a sea of cobalt blue due to the excessive use of tarps. Additionally, it makes for excellent sun-proofing, dust-proofing, pigeon-shit proofing, packaging, and temporary refugee camps.
This art-print comes un-framed in a sturdy plastic roll with a small surprise item from the artists studio
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Kulavoor’s illustrations paint a beautiful picture of the sights that result; a street market is transformed into a sea of cobalt when viewed from above, a block of leaky flats are cloaked in blue to protect them from the monsoons, and a pair of fishermen use a sheet of tarpaulin as a sail on their boat
BLUED uses very minimal, expressive illustrations, which only indicate as much as is enough to reveal the meaning of each visual, leaving large white spaces and gaps for the mind to fill instinctively. The judges of the Kyoorius Design Awards 2014 collectively felt that the book represented a very strong Indian voice