For a city so sophisticated, beautiful and uniform in its design, it’s refreshing to find streets like Rue Dénoyez, exploding with colour, creativity and boldness. This street screams out non-conformity and attitude. It seeks to be different from the rest of Paris.
A little background research revealed that this street is popular with emerging artists who choose to rent their studios here because of the low cost associated with the mixed migrant area of Belleville. While wandering this street I stumbled upon a studio rented by two independent artists from Toulouse who explained the theme behind their work and how much effort it takes to screen print every design. From the little conversation we exchanged in broken French and English, I gained a whole lot more appreciation for struggling artists who stay true to their calling.