As a Biomedical Science student, my academic life has primarily been logical, numerical and methodical. As a result of the excessive amount of time I spent studying, I gave up an innate part of human growth – my creativity.
There was a disheartening loss of respect for artistic endeavours and creative outlets. With the help of the Civic Leadership Academy and 575 Wandsworth Road to push me out of my comfort zone, I’m slowly starting to rediscover what I had lost.
A house? A museum? A work of art?
575 Wandsworth Road allowed me to broaden my horizons, push me out of my comfort zone and most importantly, explore my artistic side. 575 Wandsworth Road, a small National Trust property, is an unassuming terraced house that sits on the side of a busy road. From the outside, it looks plain and ordinary, but inside it is anything but that.
Throughout the property, ornate hand-carved fretwork adorns every surface, created by the original owner, Kenyan poet and civil servant Khadambi Asalache. I found that whenever I was in the house, it was like a never-ending adventure. There was always something new and breathtaking to see each time I visited. This is one of the many reasons why I love the house.