In the course of our discussion, we found some interesting online material to share here... work by artist Emily Allchurch that references the imaginary prisons of Piranesi. Fascinating work that I hadn't run across before. HERE
Pianesi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - See More!
Related links: Joseph's theater design website and my own Man of la Mancha and its earlier flirtation with Piranesi. You can see my version HERE. (Click at the left on the show's name.)
Oh! and in another online discovery, I found that D Magazine readers voted WaterTower's The Diary of Anne Frank (which set I designed) as their Readers' Pick for best theatrical production. Pretty great news!
It's really really helpful to talk with a fellow designer. They learn from your triumphs and mistakes and vice versa - and you can cheer and/or commiserate each other as needed. Sometimes only another designer understands. Having a few friendly colleagues is good both for the work and for morale, a real comfort and help... sometimes as an extra painter or adviser, sometimes as a sanity break!
Go make friends with a colleague.