University of the Arts MEPD MFA Student to Release Children's Book

'Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?' takes readers on a fascinating journey through the alphabet, with animals as a guide

November 15, 2010

University of the Arts graduate student Sarah Asper-Smith (Museum Exhibition Planning + Design) is set to release her first book on January 1, 2011, a children's hardcover titled Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?: An Alphabet Book (Sasquatch Books).

After discovering that a group of ferrets is called "a business," the Juneau, Alaska, native became fascinated with the intersection of language and the natural world. Using bold prints overlaid on vibrant colors, Sarah created the 32-page book to chronicle some of the surprisingly poetic words we use to describe the magnificent animal kingdom. From an "army of ants" to a "zeal of zebras," her bright, graphic illustrations take the reader on a fascinating journey through the alphabet with animal groups as a guide.

In addition to her book – the inspiration for the name of her business, Smack of Jellyfish – Sarah's work includes stationery and greeting cards; museum exhibits and displays; print materials; and apparel. She has a strong following on Etsy.com, an online community of artists sharing and selling unique crafts and gifts, and has also been featured in BUST Magazine, Pottery Barn's teen catalog, Apartment Therapy's "The Kitchn," and is carried in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The 2010 National Association for Museum Exhibitions fellowship recipient earned her undergraduate degree in art history from Earlham College (Ind.) and worked in 2-D and graphic design after college. She interned with the Alaska State Museum and was employed by the Alaskan museum exhibition firm Banghart and Associates. Sarah plans to return home to Alaska in 2011.

Photo by Lou Logan

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