Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Obtained Elegance, you know that our northwest feature window is extremely close to our coronary heart. Extra than just visual merchandising, we view our store window as our option to outwardly depict Obtained Beauty’s character, core values, and unequivocal like and aid for our neighborhood. For our summertime 2022 display we have teamed up with nearby artists, activists  and inventive geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with delight about it!

Made to rejoice our incredibly most loved thirty day period of the year – Pride Month, they have designed an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly dream. The duo was form more than enough to meet up with us at the Got Splendor headquarters and chat about the course of action. 

Acquired Beauty: June is hands down our favorite thirty day period at Bought Beauty for the reason that it is Delight – an opportunity to demonstrate our local community our like and guidance of equality for all. We are severely so psyched to collaborate with you the two on this challenge! Convey to us, what does Pleasure thirty day period imply to you?

ES: Satisfaction month in Utah is about group and creating risk-free areas for marginalized people that don’t always really feel like they can exist as their genuine selves in their daily everyday living. Persons that really do not live in this article are generally so amazed when I converse to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In this kind of a conservative point out and city they never be expecting there to be these a massive LGBTQ+ existence. We have a really vivid and happy queer neighborhood below. I clearly show up for delight each yr due to the fact I experience it is so important for other folks that glimpse like me, particularly youthful people that are in a area of exploration to know that staying queer can search a ton of unique methods. You are valid and there is no right or wrong way to rejoice pride. At the conclusion of the day it is about self-affirmation, and coming collectively with other people that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Delight thirty day period is a time of self-expression and adore! To me, I am reminded of how essential it is to enjoy and settle for a single a different. 


GB: Becoming a female-owned and operated business enterprise, we are constantly listed here to rejoice our fellow manager babes and business people. Can you convey to us a bit about your entrepreneurial work in the arts?

ES: My art is loud and massive, unapologetic and unrefined. I generate, to get up place, and represent other individuals like me. I feel that art is far more than a artistic outlet. It is a type of activism. Becoming an artist is a software. I technique art as a way to visually notify a tale. If I can succeed in capturing your focus, my hope is that it will result in you to prevent and think, then master and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all issues type, staging, and style. All the things from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visual art shows, dwell exhibit choreography, and additional! If it demands a visual eye to make everything appear alongside one another and search cohesive and interesting, I’m on it! 

GB: You two are pretty the dynamic duo! How did you fulfill?

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a several yrs back at a retail shop that we labored at and she was my manager! We became close friends and even though we no longer perform together at Blue, we collaborate usually for the reason that we make a excellent team. 

CA: We achieved at a previous spot of work where by I was Essie’s supervisor. The very first time I spoke to her was in an interview for the occupation. I remember contemplating ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this planet to make a change. What is she performing interviewing for retail? She must be famed.” I am so happy I acquired to perform so intently with her. It prospects to a amazing friendship and fantastic partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you improve up training artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was constantly experimenting and I experienced a large amount of pleasurable building artwork out of founding products. I begun building with extra intention in high school. Creating art was a passion for me for a very long time, but I didn’t take into consideration myself an artist or feel I could make it a job until the previous few many years. Imposter syndrome possibly had a lot to do with that. Now, on the lookout back I recognize that being an artist has constantly been aspect of my id. 

CA: As a kid, I often experimented with to obtain different forms of artwork to finest let my creativity out. Drawing, writing, new music… Nothing caught until eventually I identified inside style. That is when I recognized I had a passion for visible screen and staging. 

GB: What are your favorite mediums?

ES: Most of the items I develop are acrylic on canvas with 3D elements incorporated into every single painting. I really like doing the job with silk flowers and other materials like moss, stones, wooden, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Passion Hopper”. I check out distinct types of mediums often, just to expertise new issues. I love to get crafty and make art with my palms. But so much, my most loved would seem to be setting up scenes for photograph shoots. Anything from locating a locale, choosing and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/versions. Can you classify that as a medium? I’d like to think so. 


GB: What can we capture you carrying out when you’re absent from your artistry?

ES: I really like reading through, producing, camping, and remaining outdoors. Right now I’m having exciting understanding how to enjoy again. I recently acquired roller skates. I loved skating when I was a child, and re-learning it has been a enjoyment way to de-pressure from adulting.

CA: I generally seem to have a dwelling renovation project or strategy to redecorate a thing, which retains me really busy. I also love the outdoors: climbing, kayaking, and taking my 2 puppies up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Best for discovering. 


GB: Do you have a preferred project or series that you’ve worked on?

ES: I’m truly very pleased of the artwork shows I have curated. The most recent demonstrate was “The Defeat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit featuring only BIPOC artists. I made a mixed media portray for the demonstrate titled “She Becomes”. The subject matter of the painting is a panther girl and it is my existing preferred.

CA: The Bought Magnificence Summer season Delight window is my new most loved! It was so fun to collaborate with Essie and the awesome gals of Got Natural beauty to build something with so substantially which means and function, but that’s also just so fairly to look at. Adore is appreciate! 

GB: So, what’s following for each of you?

ES: I am presently performing on a solo exhibit titled “The fireplace in her eyes.” This show as a whole is intended to be a commentary about the ways in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been closely motivated by Eurocentric specifications of splendor. Some parts will be visual translations of my lived experiences as a Black female in the United States. Other pieces will spotlight the energy, and sensuality of the black feminine sort even though discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The show is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I am dying to go even bigger and bolder with photograph shoot staging! I have so quite a few suggestions in my head of what I would adore to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, way of living shots… And inevitably, the dream is to develop visual works of art for corporations to use in displays and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Received Natural beauty, for bringing me closer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for getting the time to discuss with us and get rid of some mild on the enjoy and eyesight that our neighborhood has to supply. Our globe is additional gorgeous since of each and every of you. We just can’t hold out to see your future art!

Go to us in-retail outlet at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Town to perspective our 2022 Pride screen.

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