Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Acquired Elegance, you know that our northwest element window is really near to our coronary heart. Far more than just visible merchandising, we watch our shop window as our opportunity to outwardly represent Received Beauty’s temperament, main values, and unequivocal adore and assist for our local community. For our summer time 2022 display screen we’ve teamed up with nearby artists, activists  and innovative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pride in excess of it!

Designed to rejoice our extremely favourite month of the calendar year – Pride Month, they have made an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly desire. The duo was sort ample to satisfy us at the Got Beauty headquarters and chat about the approach. 

Bought Beauty: June is hands down our favored thirty day period at Got Natural beauty mainly because it’s Delight – an prospect to display our local community our appreciate and aid of equality for all. We are severely so thrilled to collaborate with you both of those on this challenge! Convey to us, what does Pleasure month signify to you?

ES: Pleasure month in Utah is about local community and making safe areas for marginalized people that really don’t normally truly feel like they can exist as their real selves in their day to day life. People that do not dwell right here are constantly so stunned when I talk to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In these types of a conservative state and metropolis they don’t anticipate there to be these types of a massive LGBTQ+ existence. We have a extremely vivid and very pleased queer community right here. I clearly show up for satisfaction just about every calendar year mainly because I feel it’s so essential for other individuals that look like me, particularly young folks that are in a room of exploration to know that currently being queer can seem a great deal of distinctive ways. You are legitimate and there is no appropriate or completely wrong way to rejoice satisfaction. At the conclusion of the day it is about self-affirmation, and coming alongside one another with other individuals that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction month is a time of self-expression and adore! To me, I am reminded of how vital it is to like and acknowledge just one a different. 


GB: Remaining a female-owned and operated enterprise, we are constantly listed here to rejoice our fellow boss babes and entrepreneurs. Can you inform us a bit about your entrepreneurial do the job in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and large, unapologetic and unrefined. I build, to consider up space, and symbolize some others like me. I consider that artwork is far more than a creative outlet. It is a kind of activism. Becoming an artist is a device. I tactic artwork as a way to visually notify a tale. If I can succeed in capturing your awareness, my hope is that it will bring about you to stop and imagine, then master and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all items style, staging, and style. Almost everything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork displays, reside present choreography, and a lot more! If it demands a visual eye to make every thing come collectively and appear cohesive and appealing, I’m on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a handful of years back at a retail store that we worked at and she was my supervisor! We became good friends and even though we no extended function collectively at Blue, we collaborate typically mainly because we make a terrific group. 

CA: We fulfilled at a prior location of employment where I was Essie’s supervisor. The initial time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the work. I keep in mind contemplating ” This woman is a powerhouse, she’s in this globe to make a variation. What is she doing interviewing for retail? She must be famous.” I’m so happy I received to do the job so intently with her. It leads to a amazing friendship and fantastic partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you grow up practicing artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was always experimenting and I had a good deal of pleasurable making art out of founding products. I begun creating with far more intention in significant college. Making art was a interest for me for a prolonged time, but I did not contemplate myself an artist or consider I could make it a occupation till the final handful of years. Imposter syndrome possibly experienced a large amount to do with that. Now, looking back again I figure out that becoming an artist has constantly been part of my identity. 

CA: As a child, I normally tried using to obtain various forms of art to finest permit my creativity out. Drawing, crafting, tunes… Nothing at all caught till I uncovered inside design. Which is when I recognized I experienced a enthusiasm for visible screen and staging. 

GB: What are your most loved mediums?

ES: Most of the parts I develop are acrylic on canvas with 3D aspects integrated into each and every painting. I adore performing with silk bouquets and other resources like moss, stones, wood, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Passion Hopper”. I test different sorts of mediums generally, just to practical experience new factors. I love to get crafty and produce art with my fingers. But so considerably, my favored appears to be placing up scenes for photo shoots. All the things from obtaining a place, deciding upon and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/designs. Can you classify that as a medium? I might like to think so. 


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

ES: I appreciate examining, composing, tenting, and staying outside. Correct now I’m possessing enjoyable discovering how to play again. I lately acquired roller skates. I cherished skating when I was a child, and re-understanding it has been a enjoyable way to de-tension from adulting.

CA: I usually seem to be to have a residence renovation challenge or plan to redecorate a little something, which keeps me fairly active. I also love the outdoor: mountaineering, kayaking, and taking my 2 dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Finest for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a favored challenge or series that you have labored on?

ES: I’m actually proud of the artwork exhibits I’ve curated. The most modern present was “The Beat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit that includes only BIPOC artists. I designed a blended media portray for the exhibit titled “She Becomes”. The topic of the painting is a panther woman and it is my present favored.

CA: The Acquired Natural beauty Summer time Pleasure window is my new beloved! It was so enjoyment to collaborate with Essie and the remarkable women of all ages of Bought Elegance to generate one thing with so significantly that means and goal, but that’s also just so fairly to glance at. Really like is love! 

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

ES: I am at present functioning on a solo exhibit titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This show as a whole is meant to be a commentary about the methods in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black group have been seriously motivated by Eurocentric criteria of splendor. Some parts will be visual translations of my lived activities as a Black lady in the United States. Other items will emphasize the toughness, and sensuality of the black feminine variety although exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The clearly show is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go greater and bolder with picture shoot staging! I have so many tips in my head of what I would like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life style pictures… And at some point, the dream is to produce visual works of artwork for organizations to use in shows and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Acquired Attractiveness, for bringing me closer to that aspiration! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for getting the time to speak with us and lose some light-weight on the like and eyesight that our neighborhood has to give. Our entire world is a lot more attractive simply because of each and every of you. We cannot wait around to see your impending artwork!

Visit us in-retailer at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to watch our 2022 Pleasure display screen.

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