Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Magnificence, you know that our northwest function window is particularly shut to our heart. Much more than just visual merchandising, we see our store window as our opportunity to outwardly characterize Acquired Beauty’s temperament, core values, and unequivocal adore and guidance for our group. For our summer 2022 display screen we’ve teamed up with community artists, activists  and creative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pride more than it!

Created to rejoice our pretty preferred thirty day period of the 12 months – Pleasure Month, they have made an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly dream. The duo was form adequate to meet us at the Obtained Splendor headquarters and chat about the process. 

Bought Beauty: June is arms down our favorite thirty day period at Received Magnificence due to the fact it is Satisfaction – an chance to display our community our really like and assist of equality for all. We are severely so thrilled to collaborate with you equally on this job! Convey to us, what does Pride month signify to you?

ES: Pleasure month in Utah is about group and producing risk-free spaces for marginalized folks that don’t always feel like they can exist as their legitimate selves in their each day daily life. Folks that do not are living right here are always so shocked when I chat to them about the SLC delight celebrations. In these kinds of a conservative point out and town they really don’t count on there to be such a large LGBTQ+ existence. We have a pretty vibrant and very pleased queer group here. I clearly show up for pride every single year mainly because I come to feel it is so significant for some others that appear like me, specifically more youthful persons that are in a area of exploration to know that being queer can glimpse a ton of different approaches. You are legitimate and there is no appropriate or erroneous way to rejoice satisfaction. At the conclude of the day it is about self-affirmation, and coming collectively with other individuals that will acknowledge you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pleasure thirty day period is a time of self-expression and appreciate! To me, I am reminded of how vital it is to really like and acknowledge 1 an additional. 


GB: Currently being a female-owned and operated small business, we are usually right here to celebrate our fellow manager babes and business owners. Can you notify us a little bit about your entrepreneurial function in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and big, unapologetic and unrefined. I make, to get up room, and depict other individuals like me. I believe that that artwork is extra than a artistic outlet. It is a kind of activism. Remaining an artist is a resource. I method artwork as a way to visually convey to a story. If I can realize success in capturing your attention, my hope is that it will trigger you to halt and consider, then master and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all items design and style, staging, and design. Everything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork shows, live exhibit choreography, and more! If it necessitates a visible eye to make every little thing come alongside one another and glimpse cohesive and appealing, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I met a couple of yrs back at a retail shop that we worked at and she was my supervisor! We turned buddies and even though we no extended get the job done together at Blue, we collaborate typically since we make a fantastic staff. 

CA: We satisfied at a earlier spot of work where by I was Essie’s supervisor. The initial time I spoke to her was in an interview for the occupation. I don’t forget wondering ” This female is a powerhouse, she’s in this entire world to make a distinction. What is she carrying out interviewing for retail? She should really be well-known.” I’m so glad I got to perform so intently with her. It prospects to a fantastic friendship and excellent partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you grow up working towards artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was generally experimenting and I experienced a lot of fun creating art out of founding products. I started off making with extra intention in superior university. Earning artwork was a interest for me for a extended time, but I did not think about myself an artist or believe that I could make it a career until finally the very last couple many years. Imposter syndrome possibly had a large amount to do with that. Now, wanting again I acknowledge that getting an artist has always been component of my identity. 

CA: As a child, I generally experimented with to find different forms of art to ideal let my creativeness out. Drawing, crafting, new music… Absolutely nothing stuck until eventually I uncovered inside layout. Which is when I understood I experienced a passion for visual show and staging. 

GB: What are your favored mediums?

ES: Most of the pieces I generate are acrylic on canvas with 3D elements included into each and every portray. I really like operating with silk bouquets and other supplies like moss, stones, wooden, fabric, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Pastime Hopper”. I test distinct types of mediums usually, just to knowledge new issues. I love to get crafty and develop art with my fingers. But so much, my favored appears to be to be setting up scenes for picture shoots. Anything from acquiring a location, deciding on 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 think so. 


GB: What can we catch you carrying out when you’re absent from your artistry?

ES: I really like reading through, producing, tenting, and getting outdoors. Proper now I’m possessing entertaining finding out how to play once again. I lately purchased roller skates. I loved skating when I was a kid, and re-discovering it has been a enjoyment way to de-stress from adulting.

CA: I normally feel to have a property renovation undertaking or system to redecorate one thing, which keeps me fairly chaotic. I also like the outdoor: mountaineering, kayaking, and taking my 2 dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Ideal for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a most loved undertaking or series that you have worked on?

ES: I’m truly proud of the art demonstrates I’ve curated. The most new demonstrate was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an show featuring only BIPOC artists. I produced a mixed media painting for the display titled “She Becomes”. The matter of the portray is a panther woman and it is my recent preferred.

CA: The Bought Attractiveness Summer season Delight window is my new favourite! It was so exciting to collaborate with Essie and the amazing women of all ages of Acquired Magnificence to produce one thing with so substantially that means and purpose, but that’s also just so rather to seem at. Adore is love! 

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

ES: I am at present operating on a solo show titled “The fireplace in her eyes.” This show as a complete is intended to be a commentary about the means in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black group have been closely motivated by Eurocentric standards of attractiveness. Some items will be visible translations of my lived activities as a Black girl in the United States. Other items will highlight the strength, and sensuality of the black woman variety even though exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The exhibit is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go more substantial and bolder with photograph shoot staging! I have so several concepts in my head of what I would like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, lifestyle photographs… And eventually, the dream is to build visual works of art for companies to use in displays and promoting. Thank you, Obtained Attractiveness, for bringing me nearer to that aspiration! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for using the time to discuss with us and drop some mild on the enjoy and eyesight that our group has to give. Our entire world is extra attractive mainly because of just about every of you. We cannot wait to see your forthcoming art!

Check out us in-keep at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Town to watch our 2022 Pleasure exhibit.

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