Julie Samuels FRSA

Title: Maps - The Conversations and Spaces In Between

Maps have shaped our understanding of the world. The story of human existence, our connection, and our disconnection is documented by them in both the real and digital world. The construct of the complex systems of human culture and conversations can be visually articulated through maps. Maps are both aesthetically beautiful and complex in their makeup. Each map has a unique relationship between the spaces, contours, colours, connecting lines, and grid systems. Humans fill this space by making new connections in both the real and digital world through travel, words, and deeds that can often be misaligned due to miscommunication, leading to conflict. Maps have provided us with a unique way of navigating the world and documenting our experiences. This project is an exploration of the conversations and the spaces that exist between them.

Location: Lincolnshire, UK 

Creative Experience 

Creativity has always been a way for me to escape. It is the place where I feel happy. Whether it is drawing, painting, writing, or experimenting with new jam and preserving recipes as long as I have a creative outlet to express myself, I know who I am and where I am at that moment in time. The trappings of everyday life can become so overwhelming that you neglect to enjoy it. For me, engaging in creative activities is a time to pause, reflect, and allow myself to look at each scenario from different perspectives and attempt to solve them uniquely. The ability to be creative has always enabled me to refocus. I feel free when I engage in creative activities. Having the opportunity to work with all the amazing creatives on The Creativity Offers Us A New Formula For Life project has been inspiring. My passion and desire to make art has been renewed. The project has brought me back to where my creative journey began, with my fondness for maps. The project has given me a chance to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and make new friends along the way. I am reminded that creativity is the commonality that has united the diverse contributors to the project no matter who you are, where you come from, or where you are going. I feel truly blessed.

Biography and links

Julie has extensive experience teaching and leading degree-level courses in digital media and creative arts, as well as corporate training for clients such as FDM Group Plc. and the BBC Academy. She worked for the world's first digital terrestrial television network pay-tv service ITV Digital as an interactive television developer Whilst her career has always been in the creative sector, it has often taken her on a non-practice-based artistic path. Her passion lies in that area. Her first true love, making art, has been rekindled through every opportunity, whether it's for personal enjoyment or shared publicly. Julie’s theoretical research is in the field of social sciences. Her research has been presented at conferences in the UK and internationally, and she has written numerous articles. She is the author of Adoption in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan). Julie holds the position of Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, International Business, UK. She holds a BA Hons in Visual and Performing Art, an MA in Fine Art, a Post Graduate Diploma in European Digital Media, a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, and a Master of Philosophy research degree.



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