“For me all studios hark back to my father's shed, where the workbench strewn with tools became the cockpit of a fantasy aircraft journeying to imagined lands,” Perry elucidates, “This is the cosy dream of my creative nest.” The reality is a bright white former watch factory, full of kilns, half-finished pots and smart tablets, which he uses to design his tapestries on Adobe Photoshop.
His studio is also lined with many books. As Perry explains, “My imagination is fine for sweeping generalities, but the details need researching.” His work is always referring to a variety of different literary sources, but he describes Kate Fox’s Watching the English as his ‘Bible’. He typically works whilst listening to music, or Radio 4, and next to his extensive CD shelf he keeps a photo of his daughter, Flo. He has two kilns, one red, one blue. Atop the first is a small statue of a woman he describes as his ‘kiln goddess’, while a gold bust of Alan Measles, his childhood teddy bear, looks after the second one.