Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Elegance, you know that our northwest function window is exceptionally shut to our coronary heart. Far more than just visible merchandising, we see our store window as our chance to outwardly signify Obtained Beauty’s personality, core values, and unequivocal appreciate and support for our community. For our summer season 2022 exhibit we have teamed up with area artists, activists  and resourceful geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pride above it!

Built to rejoice our extremely favorite month of the calendar year – Pleasure Month, they have made an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly desire. The duo was kind sufficient to fulfill us at the Bought Magnificence headquarters and chat about the course of action. 

Got Natural beauty: June is fingers down our favourite month at Acquired Beauty for the reason that it’s Delight – an opportunity to display our neighborhood our like and support of equality for all. We are seriously so enthusiastic to collaborate with you the two on this venture! Notify us, what does Pride thirty day period mean to you?

ES: Pleasure thirty day period in Utah is about neighborhood and making safe and sound areas for marginalized folks that don’t constantly come to feel like they can exist as their accurate selves in their day to day everyday living. Folks that really don’t dwell in this article are usually so shocked when I speak to them about the SLC delight celebrations. In these a conservative condition and metropolis they never assume there to be this kind of a enormous LGBTQ+ presence. We have a incredibly vivid and happy queer community below. I exhibit up for pleasure each calendar year because I feel it is so important for other individuals that seem like me, specially younger men and women that are in a area of exploration to know that remaining queer can glimpse a great deal of distinct ways. You are legitimate and there is no ideal or completely wrong way to celebrate satisfaction. At the conclude of the working day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming collectively with other folks that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction month is a time of self-expression and love! To me, I’m reminded of how important it is to love and acknowledge a person yet another. 


GB: Remaining a feminine-owned and operated company, we are constantly listed here to celebrate 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 big, unapologetic and unrefined. I build, to choose up area, and characterize many others like me. I imagine that art is far more than a innovative outlet. It is a variety of activism. Staying an artist is a instrument. I approach art as a way to visually tell a story. If I can do well in capturing your consideration, my hope is that it will trigger you to halt and think, then understand and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all items design and style, staging, and style. Anything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible art shows, dwell demonstrate choreography, and additional! If it necessitates a visible eye to make anything arrive jointly and look cohesive and exciting, I’m on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a handful of several years ago at a retail shop that we worked at and she was my manager! We became close friends and even while we no for a longer time work jointly at Blue, we collaborate normally because we make a terrific staff. 

CA: We met at a prior put of work in which I was Essie’s supervisor. The first time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the occupation. I don’t forget thinking ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this earth to make a big difference. What is she performing interviewing for retail? She need to be well known.” I’m so glad I got to get the job done so closely with her. It prospects to a superb friendship and wonderful partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you develop up working towards artwork?

ES: When I was a kid I was constantly experimenting and I experienced a ton of fun producing artwork out of founding objects. I started developing with extra intention in large faculty. Building art was a hobby for me for a extended time, but I did not consider myself an artist or believe that I could make it a occupation till the previous several many years. Imposter syndrome likely had a ton to do with that. Now, hunting back I realize that currently being an artist has normally been section of my identification. 

CA: As a kid, I typically tried to discover diverse kinds of art to best enable my creativity out. Drawing, composing, music… Absolutely nothing caught until finally I identified interior layout. Which is when I understood I had a enthusiasm for visual show and staging. 

GB: What are your beloved mediums?

ES: Most of the parts I build are acrylic on canvas with 3D things incorporated into every single painting. I really like working with silk bouquets and other products like moss, stones, wood, material, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Interest Hopper”. I attempt different types of mediums typically, just to experience new things. I adore to get crafty and create artwork with my fingers. But so far, my favored appears to be location up scenes for photograph shoots. All the things from discovering a spot, choosing and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/versions. Can you classify that as a medium? I might like to assume so. 


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

ES: I love looking through, creating, camping, and staying outdoor. Appropriate now I’m owning enjoyable learning how to enjoy all over again. I just lately bought roller skates. I cherished skating when I was a kid, and re-finding out it has been a enjoyable way to de-worry from adulting.

CA: I usually feel to have a home renovation venture or strategy to redecorate some thing, which keeps me quite occupied. I also adore the outdoor: hiking, kayaking, and taking my 2 dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Very best for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a favorite challenge or sequence that you’ve labored on?

ES: I’m genuinely happy of the art shows I have curated. The most new demonstrate was “The Defeat of Our Blood” which was an show showcasing only BIPOC artists. I developed a combined media painting for the show titled “She Becomes”. The subject of the painting is a panther woman and it is my existing most loved.

CA: The Obtained Splendor Summertime Pleasure window is my new favorite! It was so enjoyable to collaborate with Essie and the astounding women of all ages of Bought Beauty to generate something with so much indicating and purpose, but that’s also just so quite to glance at. Like is appreciate! 

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

ES: I am at the moment performing on a solo show 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 group have been closely motivated by Eurocentric expectations of attractiveness. Some parts will be visible translations of my lived activities as a Black girl in the United States. Other items will spotlight the energy, and sensuality of the black woman type when checking out themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The display is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go even larger and bolder with photograph shoot staging! I have so quite a few tips in my head of what I would really like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, way of life pictures… And ultimately, the aspiration is to create visible is effective of artwork for businesses to use in displays and promotion. Thank you, Acquired Elegance, for bringing me nearer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for having the time to talk with us and shed some gentle on the really like and vision that our local community has to offer. Our earth is additional gorgeous simply because of every of you. We cannot wait around to see your upcoming art!

Check out us in-retail outlet at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to perspective our 2022 Delight show.

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