Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Bought Attractiveness, you know that our northwest aspect window is extremely shut to our heart. Additional than just visible merchandising, we look at our store window as our option to outwardly stand for Acquired Beauty’s character, core values, and unequivocal enjoy and assistance for our group. For our summer time 2022 exhibit we have teamed up with area artists, activists  and innovative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pleasure above it!

Made to celebrate our quite beloved month of the year – Delight Month, they have established an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly aspiration. The duo was form sufficient to meet us at the Obtained Attractiveness headquarters and chat about the course of action. 

Got Magnificence: June is arms down our beloved thirty day period at Bought Elegance for the reason that it is Pleasure – an prospect to clearly show our local community our enjoy and aid of equality for all. We are severely so thrilled to collaborate with you the two on this undertaking! Explain to us, what does Satisfaction thirty day period suggest to you?

ES: Delight thirty day period in Utah is about community and developing secure spaces for marginalized people that really don’t usually sense like they can exist as their accurate selves in their daily lifetime. People today that do not are living here are often so shocked when I discuss to them about the SLC pride celebrations. In such a conservative point out and town they really do not expect there to be these a massive LGBTQ+ existence. We have a really lively and happy queer local community here. I show up for delight every yr mainly because I experience it’s so critical for many others that appear like me, especially young men and women that are in a house of exploration to know that currently being queer can glance a large amount of distinct means. You are legitimate and there is no ideal or incorrect way to rejoice delight. At the stop of the working day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming together with other folks that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pride thirty day period is a time of self-expression and adore! To me, I am reminded of how significant it is to like and settle for one a further. 


GB: Staying a female-owned and operated enterprise, we are always here to rejoice our fellow manager babes and entrepreneurs. Can you inform us a little bit about your entrepreneurial operate in the arts?

ES: My art is loud and massive, unapologetic and unrefined. I generate, to consider up area, and represent some others like me. I feel that art is extra than a innovative outlet. It is a kind of activism. Being an artist is a tool. I technique art as a way to visually inform a story. If I can do well in capturing your consideration, my hope is that it will bring about you to stop and think, then find out and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all matters fashion, staging, and style and design. Everything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visual artwork shows, dwell clearly show choreography, and much more! If it involves a visible eye to make everything come alongside one another and seem cohesive and attention-grabbing, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a several a long time back at a retail shop that we labored at and she was my supervisor! We grew to become buddies and even however we no for a longer period perform together at Blue, we collaborate generally since we make a fantastic team. 

CA: We satisfied at a preceding location of work where by I was Essie’s manager. The 1st time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the task. I keep in mind contemplating ” This woman is a powerhouse, she’s in this environment to make a variance. What is she undertaking interviewing for retail? She must be famed.” I’m so glad I got to perform so intently with her. It potential customers to a excellent friendship and wonderful partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you mature up practicing art?

ES: When I was a kid I was normally experimenting and I had a large amount of entertaining producing artwork out of founding objects. I begun creating with far more intention in substantial school. Earning artwork was a hobby for me for a very long time, but I didn’t contemplate myself an artist or think I could make it a profession right until the last handful of decades. Imposter syndrome most likely had a ton to do with that. Now, looking back again I understand that becoming an artist has normally been aspect of my id. 

CA: As a child, I generally tried using to locate diverse types of artwork to ideal permit my creativity out. Drawing, creating, audio… Very little stuck until I uncovered inside structure. That’s when I understood I experienced a passion for visible show and staging. 

GB: What are your favored mediums?

ES: Most of the parts I make are acrylic on canvas with 3D things included into just about every painting. I adore doing the job with silk flowers and other products like moss, stones, wooden, material, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Pastime Hopper”. I try distinctive kinds of mediums typically, just to experience new things. I adore to get crafty and generate artwork with my fingers. But so significantly, my favourite would seem to be location up scenes for photo shoots. Anything from discovering a place, deciding on and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the photographs and poses with the photographer/styles. Can you classify that as a medium? I’d like to assume so. 


GB: What can we capture you executing when you’re away from your artistry?

ES: I enjoy looking at, writing, camping, and becoming outdoor. Suitable now I’m having pleasurable finding out how to participate in once again. I just lately acquired roller skates. I beloved skating when I was a child, and re-studying it has been a exciting way to de-pressure from adulting.

CA: I constantly appear to be to have a home renovation task or strategy to redecorate anything, which keeps me rather hectic. I also adore the outdoors: mountaineering, kayaking, and having my 2 canines up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Most effective for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a most loved challenge or collection that you’ve labored on?

ES: I’m seriously happy of the artwork shows I’ve curated. The most the latest exhibit was “The Beat of Our Blood” which was an show that includes only BIPOC artists. I developed a combined media painting for the show titled “She Becomes”. The subject matter of the portray is a panther woman and it’s my latest favored.

CA: The Obtained Attractiveness Summer season Pride window is my new favorite! It was so entertaining to collaborate with Essie and the awesome women of Acquired Elegance to make one thing with so a lot this means and reason, but which is also just so quite to appear at. Appreciate is appreciate! 

GB: So, what’s upcoming for every of you?

ES: I am at this time operating on a solo show titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This exhibit as a whole is meant to be a commentary about the ways in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black neighborhood have been intensely motivated by Eurocentric standards of beauty. Some parts will be visible translations of my lived activities as a Black woman in the United States. Other pieces will emphasize the energy, and sensuality of the black feminine variety although exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The demonstrate is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go even bigger and bolder with image shoot staging! I have so several concepts in my head of what I might appreciate to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, lifestyle pictures… And at some point, the dream is to develop visual operates of art for enterprises to use in displays and marketing. Thank you, Received Splendor, for bringing me nearer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for taking the time to talk with us and shed some mild on the really like and vision that our local community has to offer you. Our planet is more gorgeous simply because of just about every of you. We simply cannot hold out to see your forthcoming art!

Visit us in-store at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Town to watch our 2022 Satisfaction display screen.