Global artists unite for annual Camp Minted conference: Day 1 Recap

Camp Minted Sign Photos by Jacob Loafman Photography.

Written by Julie Black

Nearly 200 Minted artists gathered under the neon (yet tasteful) lights of the JW Marriott Hotel in Las Vegas this July. From watercolor workshops to inspirations sessions teaching that “some people just won’t like you,” Camp Minted 2019 was a jam-packed three days of creativity, learning, and camaraderie. We’re holding onto that Camp Minted feeling for as long as possible, starting with a visual summary of Day 1 — stay tuned for Day 2 and 3 recaps coming soon!

The energy on Day 1 was contagious as Minted artists poured in from as far as India and South Africa and as close as the local area. Regardless, each and every artist rushed from session to session to, yet another, session, determined to absorb as much knowledge and inspiration as possible. We’ve included only a few of the many highlights from this Day below.

Day 1: July 29, 2019

check in

Minted artists were spilling out of the hallway, rushing to check-in. The sound of long-time friends catching up, or meeting for the first time, quickly turned into a roar as the crowd grew.

Welcome Lunch

Row 1 from top left: Lehan Veenker reaches into Executive Assistant Carly Padgett’s basket of table numbers, while Melanie Kosuge and Anne Holmquist at table 12 take their seats for the Big Introduction and Buffet Lunch.

Row 2: Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy kicks-off the three-day retreat with welcoming remarks and her vision for Camp Minted.

Minted artists loosen up their letters, embracing their expressive flow — led by fellow Minted artist Deborah Velasquez in her sumi brush writing workshop.

New York Times bestselling author and money expert Nicole Lapin shares stories from her own career and experience with Minted artists and moderator Mariam Naficy.

Minted Merchandising Manager, Greeting Cards Marina Woodbury rushes to grab more books for Nicole Lapin’s post-panel book signing session.

From left: Minted artist Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co. teaches her peers how to hand letter with a variety of techniques and styles using Procreate. Right: Joanna Griffin and Kacey Wagner focus intently on completing their unique pieces.

In her block printing for stationery workshop, Katharine Watson coaches Kim Dietrich Elam on carving her block.

Right: Back in Cascade, Laura Bolter of Laura Bolter Design beams before beginning her session on process videos for the second Camp Minted in a row. Left: Marina Woodbury, Merchandising Manager, Greeting Cards at Minted, Mariam Naficy, Minted Founder and CEO, and Brady Wood, SVP of Artists & Partnerships at Minted give an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek into our new and fast-growing Greeting Cards business.

Row 1: Minted artist Priscilla Lee teaching the first of her back-to-back watercolor classes.

Row 2: Minted artists try their hand at Priscilla’s watercolor techniques.

To celebrate the Minted x Method partnership and limited edition collection, we invited Method to host a booth at Camp Minted. Bottom right: Minted artists play Method’s scent matching game.

In between sessions, Minted artists unite with their best friends from across the world. “It’s so great to talk face to face with people I’ve spent nearly 10 years ‘talking’ to online,” said Sarah Brown.

See our Day 2 and 3 recaps — coming soon!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julie Black is Minted’s Associate Manager of Community Support, joining Artist Relations from Minted Operations where she created content and communications. Julie and her team keep the artist community informed of Minted Design Challenges, product launches, and other updates. She’s a coffee and cat obsessive and passionate about all things denim.

Published August 22, 2019

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