In 1980 I went to Rotterdam and bought Jacoba, a Dutch Barge and brought it back to England to serve as a home and workplace. We have been based in Woodbridge since that time and over the years I have gradually transformed her to our needs.

In 1980, in order to get a handle on what I had let us in for, I did a drawing of her at a scale of 1/10. Since then I have revisited this drawing to plan alterations and modifications, because it was never really valued, it became quite dilapidated acquired the patina of neglect.

It also echoed the changes in our lives even to the extent that I encouraged my infant son to contribute his own thoughts of marine architecture to it.

Mounting it and showing it here is an act of retrieval, acknowledging its value as a document.