Kate Daley is a special effects artist, full-time geek, and evil plant wrangler, originally from Kingston, ON. She caught the costuming “bug” over 10 years ago when she cosplayed to her first convention. In 2003, she began to study special effects make-up and costuming full-time, under the tutelage of Academy Award winner (and recent Academy lifetime achievement award recipient) Dick Smith.
Over the years she has designed and coordinated make-up and costumes for a number of theatre productions, including “recycled clothes” for Margaret Atwood and company for a dramatic reading of Ms Atwood’s post-apocalyptic novel “The Year of the Flood”. She has puppeteered the man-eating plant Audrey II in two separate runs of Little Shop of Horrors.
Past film work includes make-up on three short and two feature films. The most recent of these, the World War I film 21 Brothers, where Kate was key-make-up artist, is set to break the Guinness World Record for “Longest Film Shot With One Camera in a Single Take”.
Kate, through her company Daley Kreations currently specializes in making silicone props and costume pieces that mimic real metal, wood, and other materials, as well as giving workshops and demonstrations teaching this technique.
Her current pet project (emphasis on the “pet”) is recreating “CJ”, the child alien from the film District 9, as an animatronic puppet and blogging about it at “The Prawnling Project.” She is also a guest-blogger on the Guillermo Del Toro fansite.
Kate currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her trio of stick-bugs and a colony of Evil Plants, in The Den Of Highly Concentrated Fandom.