May 18, 2024


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Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Attractiveness, you know that our northwest attribute window is exceptionally shut to our heart. Extra than just visible merchandising, we view our store window as our chance to outwardly stand for Bought Beauty’s temperament, main values, and unequivocal love and help for our group. For our summer 2022 display screen we have teamed up with neighborhood artists, activists  and imaginative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pleasure in excess of it!

Built to celebrate our extremely beloved thirty day period of the 12 months – Pride Thirty day period, they have established an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly desire. The duo was form more than enough to meet up with us at the Received Attractiveness headquarters and chat about the approach. 

Obtained Splendor: June is fingers down our preferred thirty day period at Received Attractiveness simply because it’s Pleasure – an option to clearly show our neighborhood our adore and guidance of equality for all. We are severely so psyched to collaborate with you both on this undertaking! Explain to us, what does Delight thirty day period necessarily mean to you?

ES: Pride thirty day period in Utah is about neighborhood and generating protected areas for marginalized folks that really do not normally sense like they can exist as their real selves in their day-to-day existence. Persons that never live below are always so shocked when I talk to them about the SLC pride celebrations. In these a conservative condition and town they don’t assume there to be such a substantial LGBTQ+ existence. We have a very vibrant and very pleased queer local community below. I show up for pleasure each individual year because I experience it is so important for other folks that appear like me, particularly younger men and women that are in a room of exploration to know that being queer can appear a great deal of unique techniques. You are legitimate and there is no correct or erroneous way to rejoice delight. At the conclude of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming collectively with other folks that will settle for you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction month is a time of self-expression and really like! To me, I’m reminded of how crucial it is to love and take one particular an additional. 


GB: Becoming a woman-owned and operated business, we are usually below to rejoice our fellow manager babes and business people. Can you tell us a bit about your entrepreneurial perform in the arts?

ES: My art is loud and massive, unapologetic and unrefined. I produce, to choose up place, and depict others like me. I believe that art is a lot more than a imaginative outlet. It is a type of activism. Currently being an artist is a tool. I technique art as a way to visually convey to a story. If I can do well in capturing your awareness, my hope is that it will induce you to halt and imagine, then discover and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all issues design, staging, and style. Anything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork displays, dwell show choreography, and far more! If it needs a visible eye to make every little thing appear jointly and seem cohesive and attention-grabbing, I am on it! 

GB: You two are very the dynamic duo! How did you meet?

ES: Cj and I achieved a couple years in the past at a retail shop that we labored at and she was my supervisor! We became friends and even however we no for a longer time perform collectively at Blue, we collaborate generally since we make a fantastic workforce. 

CA: We fulfilled at a previous spot of employment where I was Essie’s supervisor. The initially time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the occupation. I try to remember thinking ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this entire world to make a difference. What is she executing interviewing for retail? She ought to be famed.” I am so happy I received to do the job so carefully with her. It potential customers to a great friendship and terrific partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you grow up training artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was constantly experimenting and I experienced a lot of pleasurable making artwork out of founding objects. I started off building with much more intention in higher university. Producing artwork was a hobby for me for a long time, but I did not take into account myself an artist or imagine I could make it a occupation right up until the last handful of decades. Imposter syndrome probably experienced a lot to do with that. Now, seeking again I realize that getting an artist has often been section of my id. 

CA: As a child, I often tried to obtain diverse kinds of art to ideal allow my creative imagination out. Drawing, producing, songs… Nothing stuck till I observed interior style. That’s when I understood I had a passion for visible screen and staging. 

GB: What are your beloved mediums?

ES: Most of the pieces I develop are acrylic on canvas with 3D factors integrated into every single painting. I enjoy operating with silk flowers and other elements like moss, stones, wood, material, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Pastime Hopper”. I consider diverse sorts of mediums usually, just to knowledge new issues. I like to get crafty and create art with my palms. But so considerably, my favorite would seem to be placing up scenes for photo shoots. All the things from locating a site, selecting and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the shots 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 examining, crafting, tenting, and currently being outdoors. Proper now I’m getting pleasurable understanding how to participate in again. I recently bought roller skates. I liked skating when I was a kid, and re-learning it has been a exciting way to de-anxiety from adulting.

CA: I usually seem to have a house renovation undertaking or plan to redecorate a thing, which retains me pretty occupied. I also enjoy the outdoor: climbing, kayaking, and having my 2 canine up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Best for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a most loved venture or collection that you have worked on?

ES: I’m actually proud of the artwork demonstrates I’ve curated. The most new demonstrate was “The Beat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit featuring only BIPOC artists. I made a blended media portray for the clearly show titled “She Becomes”. The issue of the portray is a panther girl and it is my recent beloved.

CA: The Got Elegance Summer time Satisfaction window is my new favorite! It was so entertaining to collaborate with Essie and the amazing females of Obtained Magnificence to develop one thing with so a great deal indicating and objective, but that’s also just so very to glimpse at. Love is love! 

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

ES: I am at present functioning on a solo exhibit titled “The fireplace in her eyes.” This show as a total is intended to be a commentary about the strategies in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been seriously influenced by Eurocentric benchmarks of splendor. Some parts will be visible translations of my lived encounters as a Black female in the United States. Other parts will emphasize the energy, and sensuality of the black female type when discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The show is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go greater and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so several thoughts in my head of what I might really like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life-style pictures… And finally, the dream is to develop visual works of artwork for businesses to use in shows and promoting. Thank you, Obtained Attractiveness, for bringing me nearer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for taking the time to discuss with us and drop some light-weight on the love and vision that our group has to supply. Our globe is a lot more attractive for the reason that of just about every of you. We can not wait around to see your impending art!

Visit us in-retail outlet at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to perspective our 2022 Delight display screen.