Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson




If you know Got Attractiveness, you know that our northwest element window is particularly near to our coronary heart. More than just visible merchandising, we look at our shop window as our option to outwardly symbolize Got Beauty’s character, core values, and unequivocal like and assist for our local community. For our summer time 2022 display screen we have teamed up with community artists, activists  and creative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pride about it!

Built to rejoice our really most loved month of the year – Pleasure Thirty day period, they have created an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly desire. The duo was sort more than enough to meet us at the Acquired Magnificence headquarters and chat about the course of action. 

Received Attractiveness: June is hands down our favourite month at Got Elegance due to the fact it is Satisfaction – an prospect to clearly show our neighborhood our appreciate and aid of equality for all. We are seriously so excited to collaborate with you both of those on this undertaking! Tell us, what does Delight month signify to you?

ES: Pride month in Utah is about group and developing safe spaces for marginalized individuals that do not usually truly feel like they can exist as their real selves in their each day lifetime. Persons that really don’t are living right here are usually so amazed when I talk to them about the SLC pride celebrations. In such a conservative point out and town they never assume there to be this kind of a huge LGBTQ+ existence. We have a very vivid and proud queer neighborhood right here. I clearly show up for delight each and every yr due to the fact I experience it is so essential for many others that look like me, specially youthful people that are in a area of exploration to know that currently being queer can search a great deal of different methods. You are valid and there is no proper or incorrect way to celebrate pride. At the stop of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming alongside one another with other people that will settle for you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction thirty day period is a time of self-expression and adore! To me, I’m reminded of how vital it is to like and accept a single a further. 


GB: Becoming a woman-owned and operated enterprise, we are always here to celebrate our fellow boss babes and business people. Can you inform us a little bit about your entrepreneurial operate in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and massive, unapologetic and unrefined. I produce, to get up place, and signify some others like me. I think that artwork is a lot more than a imaginative outlet. It is a variety of activism. Becoming an artist is a instrument. I approach art as a way to visually notify a tale. If I can thrive in capturing your notice, my hope is that it will bring about you to quit and believe, then learn and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all things style, staging, and style. All the things from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visual artwork shows, dwell present choreography, and far more! If it requires a visual eye to make every thing arrive collectively and seem cohesive and fascinating, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I achieved a couple yrs ago at a retail store that we worked at and she was my supervisor! We became pals and even however we no more time get the job done together at Blue, we collaborate frequently for the reason that we make a good group. 

CA: We achieved at a preceding put of work where by I was Essie’s supervisor. The 1st time I spoke to her was in an interview for the career. I don’t forget contemplating ” This lady is a powerhouse, she’s in this world to make a change. What is she carrying out interviewing for retail? She should really be famous.” I’m so happy I acquired to get the job done so intently with her. It qualified prospects to a superb friendship and fantastic partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you develop up working towards artwork?

ES: When I was a kid I was always experimenting and I had a ton of enjoyment making artwork out of founding objects. I began creating with much more intention in substantial school. Creating art was a passion for me for a prolonged time, but I did not take into account myself an artist or consider I could make it a occupation until eventually the final few several years. Imposter syndrome probably experienced a lot to do with that. Now, on the lookout again I recognize that being an artist has always been element of my id. 

CA: As a child, I usually experimented with to locate unique forms of art to best enable my creative imagination out. Drawing, producing, new music… Very little trapped until I identified inside design and style. Which is when I understood I experienced a passion for visible screen and staging. 

GB: What are your favourite mediums?

ES: Most of the items I create are acrylic on canvas with 3D factors included into each and every painting. I enjoy working with silk flowers and other components like moss, stones, wooden, material, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Pastime Hopper”. I check out different types of mediums typically, just to practical experience new issues. I enjoy to get crafty and develop art with my hands. But so much, my favored appears to be setting up scenes for picture shoots. Every thing from obtaining a location, choosing and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the photographs and poses with the photographer/products. Can you classify that as a medium? I’d like to consider so. 


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

ES: I love reading through, producing, camping, and being outdoors. Right now I’m acquiring exciting mastering how to enjoy again. I recently bought roller skates. I liked skating when I was a kid, and re-discovering it has been a enjoyable way to de-anxiety from adulting.

CA: I generally feel to have a dwelling renovation venture or system to redecorate one thing, which keeps me rather busy. I also really like the outdoor: climbing, kayaking, and using my 2 pet dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Finest for discovering. 


GB: Do you have a favored project or sequence that you have worked on?

ES: I’m seriously happy of the artwork shows I’ve curated. The most modern show was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an show showcasing only BIPOC artists. I established a blended media portray for the clearly show titled “She Becomes”. The topic of the painting is a panther female and it’s my current beloved.

CA: The Obtained Elegance Summertime Delight window is my new preferred! It was so exciting to collaborate with Essie and the awesome women of Bought Natural beauty to build a thing with so much which means and intent, but that’s also just so pretty to seem at. Appreciate is adore! 

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

ES: I am presently doing the job on a solo show titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This show as a total is intended to be a commentary about the means in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been greatly affected by Eurocentric criteria of beauty. Some parts will be visible translations of my lived ordeals as a Black girl in the United States. Other pieces will spotlight the toughness, and sensuality of the black feminine kind although exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The display is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go even larger and bolder with image shoot staging! I have so several ideas in my head of what I might adore to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life-style photographs… And inevitably, the desire is to generate visible is effective of art for companies to use in shows and promotion. Thank you, Received Splendor, for bringing me nearer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for using the time to speak with us and lose some light on the adore and eyesight that our community has to give. Our entire world is much more stunning because of each individual of you. We cannot wait around to see your impending art!

Go to us in-shop at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to perspective our 2022 Delight exhibit.


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