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BLUED 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. Blue Tarp 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 waterproofing 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.
BLUED book contains 24 illustrations beautifully screenprinted in 2-colours (black + blue)
26 pages excluding Jacket + one Centre Foldout (64cms X 32cms)
18 x 12.5 in (46 X 32 cm) open size.
About Sameer Kulavoor / BDD
Bombay Duck Designs (BDD) is an independent studio founded by Indian illustrator & visual artist, Sameer Kulavoor.
Kulavoor`s area of work lies at the intersection of graphic design, contemporary illustration and art. He has been creating a personal body of work, and self-publishing art books and zines that take a look at characteristic mannerisms & archetypal facets of urban surroundings, design and culture. Sidewalks & Coffeeshops (2009), Zeroxwallah Zine (2011) & The Ghoda Cycle Project (2012) were born out of a keen interest in these peculiarities.
BDD`s image-making approach coupled with a wide arsenal of tools, methods and mediums have worked well for music & cultural projects, publications, exhibits, motion graphics, animation, advertising and editorials. It is the earliest `specialized` independent studio of its kind in India.
Kulavoor is known for his music related art and design projects having directed and designed animated music videos for `Disconnected` and `Lovedrug Climbdown` (from Pentagrams album Up-2004 and Bloodywood- 2011), album art for Zero and Something Relevant, cover Art for Rolling Stone, design for NH7 Weekender festival (2011, 2012) and a number of motion graphic pieces for MTV India. Besides music projects, he has illustrated for BBC, Royal Enfield, Pepsi, Britannia, Chivas Regal, Honda, KFC, NewYork MOSEX, Condenast, Virgin Atlantic to name a few. His work has been recognized by Luhrzers Archive 200best illustrators worldwide, D&AD, The One Show, Communication Arts, The Art Directors club, IDN, Computer Arts Projects among others. He is the co-founder and co-curator of 100% ZINE.