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By GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2013

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GET IT? Segal's cats.

Joseph Aaron Segal, whose serious World of JAS designs often feature glam prints and what seems to be ripped up sweaters, competed in the recently concluded season of Lifetime's Project Runway, but was booted off relatively early when judges, including Bette Midler, told him, "We don't get that at all." Alas.

At Craftland (235 Westminster St, Providence, through May 11), he's showcasing his Pretty Snake side project, which is a retro-'80s pop merging of Andy Warhol and LOLcats. Which means lots of pillows edged with pink fringe or pompons and featuring fabric screenprinted with pictures of mounds of kitties, augmented with plastic doll eyes. There are also his Mutant Cats pillows, printed with pictures of cats whose faces are filled with lots of eyes for a bug-like effect.

If cats aren't your thing, Segal makes morbidly funny curtains and pillows (and, though not seen here, leggings) out of an old woodcut-looking pattern depicting witch burning.

But really, it's all about the cute cats. Who can resist the pillow with the googly-eyed kitty embellished with a bowtie? Even Bette Midler must admit that this is genius. She just must.

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