Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Bought Elegance, you know that our northwest function window is particularly close to our coronary heart. Far more than just visible merchandising, we see our store window as our option to outwardly depict Got Beauty’s character, core values, and unequivocal love and help for our neighborhood. For our summer season 2022 screen we have teamed up with neighborhood artists, activists  and resourceful geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with delight more than it!

Developed to celebrate our quite beloved thirty day period of the year – Satisfaction Month, they have designed an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly desire. The duo was sort more than enough to meet up with us at the Acquired Beauty headquarters and chat about the system. 

Got Natural beauty: June is fingers down our preferred thirty day period at Bought Elegance because it is Pride – an prospect to clearly show our neighborhood our enjoy and support of equality for all. We are significantly so energized to collaborate with you both of those on this venture! Notify us, what does Pleasure month necessarily mean to you?

ES: Pride month in Utah is about community and creating harmless spaces for marginalized people that do not normally come to feel like they can exist as their real selves in their each day lifetime. Men and women that never stay here are generally so astonished when I chat to them about the SLC satisfaction celebrations. In this kind of a conservative point out and city they really don’t anticipate there to be these kinds of a big LGBTQ+ existence. We have a really lively and happy queer neighborhood here. I clearly show up for delight each 12 months because I come to feel it’s so essential for other folks that glance like me, particularly more youthful persons that are in a room of exploration to know that staying queer can glimpse a good deal of different ways. You are legitimate and there is no appropriate or erroneous way to rejoice satisfaction. At the conclude of the working day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming jointly with other individuals that will accept you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Delight thirty day period is a time of self-expression and really like! To me, I’m reminded of how critical it is to really like and acknowledge one an additional. 


GB: Currently being a female-owned and operated small business, we are generally below to rejoice our fellow boss babes and entrepreneurs. Can you notify us a little bit about your entrepreneurial do the job in the arts?

ES: My art is loud and huge, unapologetic and unrefined. I produce, to get up place, and represent other people like me. I believe that that art is much more than a creative outlet. It is a variety of activism. Being an artist is a device. I technique artwork as a way to visually convey to a tale. If I can do well in capturing your notice, my hope is that it will trigger you to quit and imagine, then learn and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all factors style, staging, and structure. Almost everything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork displays, reside show choreography, and much more! If it requires a visible eye to make everything come together and search cohesive and fascinating, I am on it! 

GB: You two are fairly the dynamic duo! How did you meet up with?

ES: Cj and I satisfied a several years ago at a retail shop that we worked at and she was my supervisor! We became pals and even though we no lengthier get the job done with each other at Blue, we collaborate typically simply because we make a excellent crew. 

CA: We achieved at a earlier place of employment the place I was Essie’s supervisor. The initial time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the position. I don’t forget wondering ” This female is a powerhouse, she’s in this entire world to make a big difference. What is she doing interviewing for retail? She need to be well-known.” I am so happy I acquired to function so carefully with her. It leads to a excellent friendship and excellent partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you develop up working towards art?

ES: When I was a kid I was constantly experimenting and I experienced a good deal of pleasurable producing artwork out of founding merchandise. I began generating with extra intention in large college. Earning artwork was a passion for me for a prolonged time, but I did not look at myself an artist or imagine I could make it a occupation until the final couple of years. Imposter syndrome most likely had a great deal to do with that. Now, seeking again I figure out that remaining an artist has constantly been section of my identity. 

CA: As a child, I normally tried out to uncover distinctive sorts of artwork to very best let my creativeness out. Drawing, crafting, music… Very little stuck until I identified interior design and style. That is when I understood I had a enthusiasm for visible screen and staging. 

GB: What are your favored mediums?

ES: Most of the parts I generate are acrylic on canvas with 3D elements included into every single painting. I love operating with silk bouquets and other materials like moss, stones, wooden, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Interest Hopper”. I consider distinct sorts of mediums normally, just to encounter new points. I enjoy to get crafty and build art with my fingers. But so far, my favorite looks to be location up scenes for photo shoots. Anything from getting a area, deciding on and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/models. Can you classify that as a medium? I’d like to think so. 


GB: What can we catch you doing when you are absent from your artistry?

ES: I love looking through, crafting, tenting, and being outdoor. Correct now I’m acquiring enjoyment finding out how to play once again. I recently acquired roller skates. I beloved skating when I was a kid, and re-studying it has been a enjoyable way to de-worry from adulting.

CA: I usually appear to have a residence renovation job or strategy to redecorate a little something, which retains me really chaotic. I also like the outdoors: hiking, kayaking, and having my 2 canine up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Best for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a favourite challenge or collection that you have labored on?

ES: I’m seriously very pleased of the artwork demonstrates I have curated. The most current present was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an show featuring only BIPOC artists. I designed a mixed media painting for the clearly show titled “She Becomes”. The topic of the painting is a panther woman and it is my present most loved.

CA: The Acquired Natural beauty Summer Pleasure window is my new favorite! It was so pleasurable to collaborate with Essie and the awesome gals of Got Natural beauty to build anything with so a great deal meaning and intent, but that is also just so quite to look at. Adore is really like! 

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

ES: I am at this time functioning on a solo exhibit titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This exhibit as a entire is intended to be a commentary about the techniques in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been closely motivated by Eurocentric specifications of magnificence. Some pieces will be visible translations of my lived experiences as a Black woman in the United States. Other parts will highlight the energy, and sensuality of the black female kind even though discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The clearly show is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go larger and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so several tips in my head of what I might love to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life-style shots… And eventually, the aspiration is to make visual works of art for companies to use in shows and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Got Attractiveness, for bringing me closer to that aspiration! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for using the time to talk with us and lose some gentle on the appreciate and vision that our group has to provide. Our environment is more beautiful because of every single of you. We can’t wait to see your upcoming artwork!

Stop by us in-keep at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Town to watch our 2022 Delight display screen.

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