Knoirts artFORM Weekly Words

by Stephanie Malik

WEEK 6: Kenzie May

In order to celebrate the summer launch of Knorts’ first ever all black denim collection—Knoirts—we are initiating a weekly band series featuring interviews with some of our favorite artists who performed at the one-of-a-kind annual Form festival, which is held in the unusual community of Arcosanti, AZ. 

In addition to photos of these artists killing it in our new noir Knorts in various locations throughout Arcosanti, we ask them about their feelings on fashion, denim, and some other random stuff (cats v. dogs?). We will also be providing links to some of their music for you to check out too. 

Last, but not least in the artFORM series, we have a quick Q&A featuring Kenzie May who participated in the Common Thread portraits donning Knorts in Arcosanti. We highly encourage you to press play while you read.

Where are you based?

 London 

How do you decide what to wear for a performance? Is it about comfort or are you ever dressing to communicate as part of your art?

Whatever I put on just needs to feel right. Comfort’s important, but more so in a personal/situational way than a literal, ‘cosy’ way? I love the idea that what you wear is an extension of the art’s narrative and sometimes that does mean wearing sweatpants and a T shirt.

 Kenzie May photographed by Tonje Thilesen

Kenzie May photographed by Tonje Thilesen

Blue Denim or Black denim?

Blue

Name your top 3 favorite visual artists/fashion designers (besides Knorts, obviously! ;-)

Right now Dilara Findikoglu, Tschabalala Self and Ambera Wellmann Jr

Fill in the blank. You would never be caught dead wearing _______.

 There really isn’t much I wouldn’t consider wearing...

What was the first album you bought as a kid? (Was it on CD or cassette?).

The first CD I remember buying myself was 3LW by 3LW.

What’s your favorite part about Arcosanti, AZ?

 The energy. It changed throughout the experience, but it was consistently electric. 

Guilty pleasure? Or vice most difficult to moderate? We want some real talk guilt.

Impulsive online shopping is probably my vice du jour.

And ice cream, but that’s always.

 Kenzie May photographed by Tonje Thilesen

Kenzie May photographed by Tonje Thilesen

Dogs or Cats? (TBH we feel this says a lot about a person.)

That’s almost impossible. I love dogs but I’m more of a cat myself ?

How comfortable was the Knorts you wore for the shoot? “1” being itchy wool sweater and 5 being “almost like pajamas, I could probably take a satisfying nap in them.”

 Pretty sure I actually did take a very satisfying cat nap in the flares and jumper. 5555 

Why do you think denim continues to be popular from decade to decade?

 It just works ! There are so many ways to wear denim and it continues to evolve.

 Kenzie May photographed by Tonje Thilesen

Kenzie May photographed by Tonje Thilesen