Stepping into shadow

Special show for special effects

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 15:36 28/03/2014
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MAKEUP MAGIC: Martika Bennett applies makeup to model Georgia Barnes-Batty.

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"Hi Mum, are the intestines still on the line drying?"

It might not be the typical phone call for most people, but for aspiring special effects make-up artist Martika Bennett, calls of this nature are the norm.

"I sometimes see raised eyebrows by the people in the office I work with, but they all know what I am doing," Miss Bennett said.

Recently she has been honing her skills doing the make-up for the horror Amazing Maize Maze, and creating the looks to be shown at the upcoming exhibition Shadow.

"I love doing the special effects make-up so much. I could do it all day, every day," she said.

Shadow is the brain child of Amazing Maize Maze owner, Rory Foley, who saw an article on Martika Bennett in The Timaru Herald last year.

Mr Foley said he saw she was passionate about following her dream of studying special effects make-up under movie industry stalwart, Shaune Harrison, in Manchester, in the United Kingdom and wanted to help her where he could.

"When I know someone is passionate about something that is positive, I get really excited, and I want to help them," he said.

"Then I get really into it, and I just keep pushing them," he said.

Mr Foley stayed true to his word by spearheading the Shadow exhibition.

It is based on a different type of collaboration that is popular in America, showcasing live models made up by Miss Bennett walking around the venue, edgy artwork, jazz music and the obligatory drinks and nibbles, Mr Foley said.

The exhibition, to be held on Friday, April 4, at The Function Centre will primarily raise money for Miss Bennett to study in Manchester, but Mr Foley said he also did it because he wanted to do something exciting in Timaru.

He said he is passionate about bringing different experiences to a Timaru audience.

"Primarily I wanted to help her achieve her goal. But it's fun, it's different, it's cool." Mr Foley said

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