Kate Daley is a special effects artist, full-time geek, and evil plant wrangler, originally from Kingston, Ontario. She caught the costuming “bug” over 10 years ago when she cosplayed to her first science fiction 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, now holds the Guinness World Record for “Longest Film Shot With One Camera in a Single Take”. After moving to Ottawa in 2011 Kate began working with her friend and mentor, Guy Louis XVI, creator of FuseFX silicone paints. With Guy's encouragement she began Daley Kreations in April 2012.
In July 2012 Guy passed away from cancer. However Kate continues to work with Guy's wife Denise, the new owner of FuseFX, to keep the company not only alive but thriving.
Through Daley Kreations, Kate currently specializes in making silicone props and costume pieces as well as giving workshops and demonstrations teaching silicone techniques at science fiction, comic book, and special effects conventions. Her current pet project (emphasis on the “pet”) is recreating one of the aliens from the film District 9, as an animatronic puppet and blogging about it at “The Prawnling Project”.