Kerry Jo Bauer is a native of Portage County, Ohio. Her love of sewing, crafts and apparel construction started at a very early age, building garments for 4-H and showing them to the local fair. By the age of 18 she was designing and building costumes for Sea World in Aurora, OH. Her education began here at Kent State University with studies in Fashion and Costumes. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Costumes. She later continued her education, graduating from Ohio University with an M.F.A. in Costume Technology and Design.
Excelling on the technical side of Apparel Construction, she has worked for the Sante Fe Opera and Boulder Shakespeare Festival as a First Hand and as a Milliner in the craft department at Washington D.C. Opera.
Her skill in sewing and crafts has enabled her to work in the other professions as well, including commercials, television series, Special Effects shops, and teaching machine embroidery software for Husqvarna Viking.
As a freelancer she has worked for Special Effects Shops such as Animal Makers and Creature Effects as a lead figure finisher and fabricator. Her accomplishments include Bellagio’s of Las Vegas - “The Year of the Dragon,” “Year of the Snake,” and “Year of the Horse;” the Pepsi-Cola Bears; Vodafone; Samsung; and Gorilla Glue.
Between the fun, she has successfully run her own business “Costumesbykerryjo.com,” building costumes for Hollywood’s furrier kind. Her accomplishments include Target’s Bullseye, Dole’s Morris the Cat, and also working with large companies such as Career Builders, Sprint, Nickelodeon, and Universal Studios.
Today she resides in the area, teaching here at Kent State University as an NTT Assistant Professor, sharing her time between the School of Fashion and the School of Theatre and Dance.