Minted CEO Mariam Naficy Hosts Artist Meetup in London

Photos by Jess Henderson of Jess-on-Thames

Pictured above from left: Gwen Bédat, Annie Montgomery, Zhi Ling Lee, Mariam Naficy, Bethan Lumb, Viktoria Rodek, Pooja Pittie, and Jan Shepherd.

What was it like to attend a London meetup with Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy? In the words of Minted Artist Pooja Pittie, “It was like an evening out with your girlfriends — if they were all artists! We sipped rosè, alfresco, in an historic bar in London. Everyone was so warm and friendly — I didn’t feel like I was meeting them for the first time.”

Pooja traveled a long way from her hometown of Chicago to visit family in London and attend the first U.K. meetup for Minted artists on July 27 at The American Bar inside the Stafford Hotel. Mariam was on holiday in the U.K. with her family, and as always, was thrilled to talk with some of Minted’s global community of artists.

“It was an honor to meet the CEO of Minted — a lovely lady with a calm aura,” said Jan Shepherd, pictured above left. Pooja Pittie, seated at right, organized an artist meetup in her hometown of Chicago in April 2016.

Jan Shepherd, a Minted Artist from Brighton, said the group of seven artists covered a lot of ground with Mariam in just two hours, including Brexit, the possibility of opening more Minted retail stores, stationery colorway strategies, and how Minted has grown in the last eight years. “We also talked about European and British attitudes toward holiday photo cards — we are not big fans, being reserved by nature,” Jan said.

It’s not often that CEOs talk shop at community meetups, but Mariam enjoys connecting one-on-one with the artists at the epicenter of the Minted brand. “I loved hearing everyone’s amazing stories,” Mariam posted on the community Facebook Group shortly after the meetup. “Thank you all for being part of our community, for helping one another and for all the great feedback.”

Above, from left: London artist Annie Montgomery, Gwen Bédat, and Jan Shepherd.
Below: Mariam Naficy takes a photo of artists chatting. The CEO plans to attend an artist meetup in Seattle on August 11.

If you’re a Minted Artist who’s interested in organizing a Minted Artist Meetup in your area, please fill out this form. Learn about upcoming Minted community events on the Community Connections page.

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Published August 9, 2016

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