K2K says winning inspires them to inspire others
The ladies of K2K, Kathy and Karen Norman with their mum Althea on Carnival Tuesday at the Savannah. Photo courtesy Maria Nunes.
Since its inception in 2010, K2K Alliance and Partners have significantly impacted the mas landscape with their elaborate and breathtaking costume designs.
The band, which fuses fashion and mas in themes that touch issues affecting mankind, reached the pinnacle in 2019, copping the overall Band of the Year title in addition to its Medium Band of the Year title. The wins add to K2K's burgeoning chest of trophies which includes three Medium Band of the Year titles and two Best in Costume Design titles.
Loop spoke to the women behind the mas, Kathy and Karen Norman about their wins this year for their presentation of Through Stained Glass Windows and what it means to them.
What does winning these titles mean to you?
My dad always says, “God may wear pajamas, but he doesn’t sleep”. This means that you need to keep on fighting the good fight and God will continue to give you the strength to bring your vision to fruition. With that said, our Collections and themes, are from real-time situations, events, and mishaps, with the message of light and hope as its end goal. Winning is a bonus and a recognition of the hard work of the team. It inspires us to keep on inspiring others.
When you come up with a concept for your presentations do you do it with a view to winning titles?
The brand continues to focus on storytelling as a means of making each Collection more relatable. Storytelling after all, effects and affects change. K2K draws inspiration from life experiences – the good, the bad and the in-between, with each happenstance fabricating and layering on each other. In this vein, the concepts year-on-year, speak to relatable stories that are transposed to ‘mas’. We hope that these concepts inspire and impact individuals in a positive way.
Do your wins give you the motivation to continue each year?
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird it is said, “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” Thus, one of our greater achievements/wins throughout the journey is that we are still here, fighting the fight. And this achievement does not simply pertain to K2K but relates to every aspect of our life. Regardless of profession or industry, we think winning, whether that ‘win’ comes in the form of a promotion, or an award, or a round of applause after a show motivates. You see the road, regardless of industry tends to be difficult for most, thus anything that demonstrates recognition inspires and | or gives you the extra boost to push forward
What can we expect to see from K2K in 2020?
For 2020 we can expect more theatre and a return to beadwork and intricate design detailing.
What would you like to tell your masqueraders?
From the bottom of our hearts, “Thank you”. Without them, there is no us and they inspire us to be better, create better and develop more sophisticated pieces and help us to build momentum year after year. The masqueraders are the brush strokes that bring our canvas to life.