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Jessica_AdanichJessica Adanich, a graphic designer by day, originally studied industrial automotive design at the Cleveland Institute of Art, but she soon learned it wasn’t really her thing. She gave product and toy design a shot, but found that area limiting, as well. “All I was doing was drawing hair dryers and coffee pots,” she explains. So Jessica eventually switched to sculpture where she quickly learned how to merge her fascination with the ocean with her artistic talents. At first, she began selling her handmade animals on the side for fun, but ultimately she wanted her art to be used for a greater good. “I wanted my subject to have a cause and to use my craftsmanship for a real purpose,” she adds. Now, in addition to creating life-size “fuzzy” replicas of sharks, Jessica has collaborated with Wandering in the Words Press. She’s illustrated a book, Behind the Glass with Sherman the Shark, that helps educate folks on the important role sharks play in the ecosystem. Read more about Jessica and Ocean4 here.

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