What is ‘Wadada’?
“If you have an idea, if you have a thought, and it’s something that you want to do, just start it because you never know where it’s going to go”
In Robi Walter’s parents' garage, Wadada was born. Starting as simply an idea and to design and print t-shirts for men, Wadada was since evolved into printing on to different textile surfaces. It isn’t a static concept or process; it is always changing.
The initial images used for the project began with musicians, from Stevie Wonder to Lee Perry. Robi took the images, transformed them into a style more align and familiar with his own, and printed them on t-shirts. The images printed incorporate a fusion of influences and culture; often working with West Indian aesthetic influences, which in turn was channelled through African culture, synthesized with English culture. Although Robi was born and raised in London, his half-Jamaican heritage transpires through in the cultural collaborations explored in Wadada.
Written by Hannah Clynch