OEPS HAMA bead graffiti art around Paris

by Demian Smith on April 9, 2013

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (6)

Straight outta Copenhagen, OEPS crew, were in Paris at the weekend, placing its unique “HAMA bead” street art around Oberkampf, Denfert-Rochereau and the Butte-aux-Cailles, with assistance from Underground Paris.

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (3)

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (10)

 

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (8)

Photo: OEPS crew copyright 2013

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (7)

Photo: OEPS crew copyright 2013

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (4)

Artwork by Chiot (top) and Obey aka Shepard Fairey (face) in dialogue with OEPS’ artwork, just above and to the right of Obey face. 

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (9)

At the Butte-aux-Cailles in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. Photo: OEPS crew copyright 2013

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (1)

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (5)

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (12)

OEPS Crew - street art Paris - Hama bead Copenhagen graffiti hits Oberkampf Denfert-Rochereau Butte-aux-Cailles (2)

The crew, two women, long fascinated by graffiti, but who thought it would take too long to learn properly, live in Nørrebro (north Copehnagen), and since 2007 have been putting up their art outdoors to create complex conversations with the urban environment. The works are always made using Danish designed HAMA beads, suitable for ages three and up.

The beadaholic crew members, both in their thirties – one of whom is expecting a baby soon (hence our monkey-like assistance) – work out of a small apartment, ‘pearl office’, and construction of the artworks – some using as many as 150,000 beads – can be a true test of teamwork. The artworks are created by arranging the HAMA beads on peg boards which are then heat-glued together using baking paper and a household iron.

The OEPS name is officially an acronym for Øjne På Stilke (Eyes On Stalks).

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About the Author

Demian Smith starts out painting graffiti in the late ‘90s around Swiss Cottage in London, and ends up writing gossip journalism for the Daily Telegraph. Arrived in Paris in 2012 to establish Underground Paris.

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