While the unbridled outrage over high-end shower caddy and cheese spreader purveyor Restoration Hardware's recent decision to unload a 17-pound, 3,300-page mail order catalog — a shrink-wrapped bundle of 13 glossy “source books," to be clear — on customers may have quashed any ideas for creative reuse beyond car lifts and footstools, San Francisco artist Amanda Clare was unaffected by all the negative noise.

"To hell with it," she most likely thought. "I'm going to rip out the pages of these suckers and make some art."

And art, specifically mixed-media animal portraits, Clare is making. She hopes to create enough of the pet portraits — each work incorporates bits of torn-out pages from the Restoration Hardware mailing — to hold a solo show this fall. Completed works include "Rooster Curiosity" and Pug Appeal." Friends of Clare are even offloading their own beastly RH catalogs on her so that she can create custom portraits.


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Via [ABC News]

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