This is the poster I created for Brief Exchange, a group exhibition in which each participant responds to a brief written by another member of the group.
The brief I received required me to visualise a spoonerism—that is, a phrase or sentence in which parts of two or more words have been switched (e.g. Lighting A Fire ——> Fighting A Liar).
I’m a huge fan of wordplay, so I was delighted to receive this brief. At the time I was also suffering severe Photoshop fatigue, so to make things a bit more interesting for myself, I decided I would work solely in vectors and with a very limited colour palette (no twenty layers of texture on this one!)
Doug’s Scullery is a spoonerism of the term skulduggery, so I imagined this poster as an advertisement for a local greasy spoon café, with a sinister hidden image (and a slight pirate theme that snuck in there too).
This is one of 35 posters currently posted up around Limerick City, Ireland as part of Brief Exchange 4. You can check out the rest of the posters here, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter too!
The facility is now completely in ruins, but during its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its celebrated “water cure” for muscular and bronchial illnesses—not to mention the luxurious premises themselves—were internationally renowned. The facility boasted 80 bedrooms, and even had its own on-site farm and fish hatchery.
This image was created digitally in Photoshop over the space of several months, using some historical and recent photographs of the buildings themselves as reference. The final product will be an approx. 5X3 foot canvas print.