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.
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. Elles vivent à Nørrebro (au nord de Copenhague) et depuis 2007, elles collent leur art à l’extérieur afin de créer des conversations complexes avec l’environnement urbain. The works are always made using Danish designed HAMA beads, suitable for ages three and up.
Photo: OEPS crew copyright 2013
Artwork by Chiot (top) and Obey aka Shepard Fairey (face) in dialogue with OEPS’ artwork, just above and to the right of Obey face.
At the Butte-aux-Cailles in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. Photo : OEPS crew copyright 2013
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. Elles travaillent dans un petit appartement, le “bureau des perles”, et la création des oeuvres, certaines pouvant contenir plus de 150 000 perles, peut parfois être un vrai défi pour un travail d’équipe. 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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