Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Bought Magnificence, you know that our northwest characteristic window is particularly near to our coronary heart. A lot more than just visual merchandising, we see our store window as our chance to outwardly symbolize Received Beauty’s individuality, core values, and unequivocal really like and support for our local community. For our summer time 2022 screen we’ve teamed up with area artists, activists  and imaginative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with satisfaction around it!

Built to rejoice our pretty most loved month of the year – Pleasure Month, they have designed an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly desire. The duo was kind more than enough to fulfill us at the Got Splendor headquarters and chat about the method. 

Acquired Splendor: June is arms down our most loved month at Obtained Splendor simply because it is Satisfaction – an opportunity to display our group our adore and guidance of equality for all. We are seriously so fired up to collaborate with you both on this undertaking! Convey to us, what does Pleasure thirty day period indicate to you?

ES: Pride month in Utah is about community and developing safe spaces for marginalized people that really don’t always feel like they can exist as their true selves in their each day everyday living. Persons that don’t dwell in this article are often so amazed when I converse to them about the SLC pride celebrations. In this sort of a conservative condition and city they never anticipate there to be these a huge LGBTQ+ presence. We have a pretty vibrant and very pleased queer group right here. I exhibit up for delight just about every year due to the fact I truly feel it’s so vital for other individuals that glance like me, particularly more youthful people that are in a room of exploration to know that becoming queer can glance a whole lot of unique methods. You are valid and there is no correct or wrong way to celebrate delight. At the conclusion of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming alongside one another with other folks that will acknowledge you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pride thirty day period is a time of self-expression and enjoy! To me, I am reminded of how essential it is to really like and settle for 1 one more. 


GB: Getting a feminine-owned and operated small business, we are often listed here to celebrate our fellow boss babes and business owners. Can you tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial work in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and large, unapologetic and unrefined. I create, to consider up space, and represent some others like me. I believe that that artwork is additional than a creative outlet. It is a variety of activism. Remaining an artist is a software. I tactic artwork as a way to visually notify a tale. If I can realize success in capturing your awareness, my hope is that it will induce you to prevent and think, then master and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all factors type, staging, and design. All the things from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork displays, stay display choreography, and additional! If it necessitates a visible eye to make anything occur jointly and search cohesive and exciting, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a couple of decades back at a retail shop that we worked at and she was my manager! We turned buddies and even however we no extended perform alongside one another at Blue, we collaborate typically due to the fact we make a terrific group. 

CA: We achieved at a preceding place of employment where by I was Essie’s manager. The initial time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the occupation. I bear in mind pondering ” This female is a powerhouse, she’s in this earth to make a distinction. What is she doing interviewing for retail? She should really be famous.” I’m so glad I bought to perform so intently with her. It leads to a fantastic friendship and good partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you develop up practising artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was generally experimenting and I had a large amount of enjoyment earning artwork out of founding objects. I started producing with far more intention in higher college. Building artwork was a pastime for me for a very long time, but I didn’t contemplate myself an artist or consider I could make it a occupation right up until the last few decades. Imposter syndrome probably had a large amount to do with that. Now, on the lookout back again I realize that becoming an artist has often been section of my identification. 

CA: As a child, I frequently tried to find diverse types of artwork to most effective allow my creativeness out. Drawing, composing, new music… Absolutely nothing caught till I located inside layout. That is when I understood I experienced a passion for visible show and staging. 

GB: What are your preferred mediums?

ES: Most of the items I produce are acrylic on canvas with 3D things incorporated into every painting. I enjoy functioning with silk bouquets and other components like moss, stones, wood, fabric, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Hobby Hopper”. I try distinctive sorts of mediums generally, just to working experience new points. I really like to get crafty and make art with my palms. But so significantly, my preferred looks to be placing up scenes for picture shoots. Everything from acquiring a place, picking out and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the photographs and poses with the photographer/styles. Can you classify that as a medium? I might like to think so. 


GB: What can we catch you undertaking when you’re away from your artistry?

ES: I adore looking at, composing, tenting, and remaining outdoor. Correct now I’m owning exciting discovering how to participate in all over again. I not long ago purchased roller skates. I loved skating when I was a kid, and re-finding out it has been a pleasurable way to de-tension from adulting.

CA: I always seem to be to have a household renovation undertaking or approach to redecorate one thing, which retains me very active. I also love the outdoors: mountaineering, kayaking, and using my 2 puppies up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Very best for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a most loved challenge or sequence that you have worked on?

ES: I’m truly proud of the artwork shows I have curated. The most latest show was “The Defeat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit showcasing only BIPOC artists. I developed a combined media portray for the show titled “She Becomes”. The issue of the portray is a panther lady and it’s my latest beloved.

CA: The Acquired Beauty Summer months Satisfaction window is my new favourite! It was so pleasurable to collaborate with Essie and the amazing gals of Bought Attractiveness to make something with so much that means and function, but which is also just so fairly to glimpse at. Adore is appreciate! 

GB: So, what’s following for each and every of you?

ES: I am currently performing on a solo show titled “The fire in her eyes.” This exhibit as a entire is intended to be a commentary about the methods in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been greatly influenced by Eurocentric expectations of splendor. Some pieces will be visual translations of my lived experiences as a Black female in the United States. Other items will spotlight the energy, and sensuality of the black female sort although exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The exhibit is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go bigger and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so quite a few concepts in my head of what I would appreciate to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life style shots… And finally, the desire is to build visible works of art for companies to use in displays and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Obtained Beauty, for bringing me closer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for getting the time to speak with us and get rid of some gentle on the really like and eyesight that our local community has to present. Our entire world is a lot more beautiful because of just about every of you. We just can’t hold out to see your impending artwork!

Go to us in-shop at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City to check out our 2022 Delight display screen.

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