Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Elegance, you know that our northwest feature window is extremely shut to our coronary heart. Extra than just visual merchandising, we watch our store window as our chance to outwardly symbolize Obtained Beauty’s personality, main values, and unequivocal really like and assistance for our local community. For our summer time 2022 display we have teamed up with neighborhood artists, activists  and creative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with satisfaction more than it!

Made to rejoice our really preferred thirty day period of the 12 months – Pride Month, they have produced an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly aspiration. The duo was type sufficient to satisfy us at the Bought Attractiveness headquarters and chat about the procedure. 

Bought Natural beauty: June is arms down our preferred month at Obtained Attractiveness because it’s Pleasure – an option to demonstrate our group our adore and assist of equality for all. We are seriously so psyched to collaborate with you both of those on this undertaking! Tell us, what does Satisfaction month necessarily mean to you?

ES: Pride thirty day period in Utah is about local community and making protected areas for marginalized people that really don’t usually sense like they can exist as their real selves in their day to day everyday living. Folks that really do not are living right here are generally so stunned when I converse to them about the SLC satisfaction celebrations. In this sort of a conservative point out and city they do not anticipate there to be these types of a big LGBTQ+ presence. We have a really vivid and very pleased queer neighborhood listed here. I show up for pleasure each and every yr for the reason that I really feel it is so crucial for other people that search like me, especially young people that are in a place of exploration to know that becoming queer can seem a ton of distinct ways. You are legitimate and there is no suitable or wrong way to celebrate pleasure. At the stop of the day it is about self-affirmation, and coming with each other with other folks that will acknowledge you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction month is a time of self-expression and love! To me, I am reminded of how crucial it is to like and settle for just one one more. 


GB: Becoming a feminine-owned and operated company, we are constantly in this article to celebrate our fellow boss babes and entrepreneurs. Can you convey to us a little bit about your entrepreneurial function in the arts?

ES: My art is loud and large, unapologetic and unrefined. I make, to get up area, and characterize others like me. I think that art is more than a inventive outlet. It is a type of activism. Remaining an artist is a device. I method artwork as a way to visually tell a story. If I can triumph in capturing your notice, my hope is that it will induce you to cease and feel, then discover and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all things model, staging, and design and style. Every little thing from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible art shows, dwell show choreography, and far more! If it involves a visible eye to make every little thing occur with each other and glance cohesive and fascinating, I’m on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I met a couple of years in the past at a retail shop that we worked at and she was my manager! We turned close friends and even though we no longer perform collectively at Blue, we collaborate often because we make a fantastic team. 

CA: We met at a preceding location of employment exactly where I was Essie’s manager. The initial time I spoke to her was in an interview for the job. I keep in mind thinking ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this planet to make a variance. What is she executing interviewing for retail? She ought to be well known.” I’m so glad I received to work so carefully with her. It leads to a wonderful friendship and terrific partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you mature up working towards art?

ES: When I was a kid I was constantly experimenting and I had a great deal of enjoyable earning art out of founding products. I started creating with additional intention in superior school. Building 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 job until the past couple of many years. Imposter syndrome probably had a ton to do with that. Now, on the lookout back again I understand that remaining an artist has always been section of my identity. 

CA: As a kid, I normally experimented with to uncover different varieties of artwork to very best enable my creativeness out. Drawing, producing, new music… Nothing trapped right up until I uncovered inside design and style. That’s when I understood I experienced a enthusiasm for visual exhibit and staging. 

GB: What are your favourite mediums?

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

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Pastime Hopper”. I check out various forms of mediums typically, just to experience new things. I like to get crafty and build artwork with my hands. But so considerably, my favourite seems to be placing up scenes for picture shoots. All the things from finding a site, choosing and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/types. Can you classify that as a medium? I’d like to believe so. 


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

ES: I adore looking at, crafting, camping, and getting outdoor. Correct now I’m owning exciting discovering how to perform all over again. I not too long ago acquired roller skates. I cherished skating when I was a child, and re-mastering it has been a enjoyable way to de-anxiety from adulting.

CA: I usually appear to be to have a house renovation job or plan to redecorate something, which retains me very hectic. I also appreciate the outdoor: hiking, kayaking, and taking my 2 pet dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Best for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a favourite job or collection that you have labored on?

ES: I’m seriously very pleased of the artwork exhibits I have curated. The most modern demonstrate was “The Defeat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit showcasing only BIPOC artists. I designed a combined media painting for the display titled “She Becomes”. The topic of the portray is a panther lady and it’s my present-day favourite.

CA: The Obtained Attractiveness Summer time Pleasure window is my new preferred! It was so entertaining to collaborate with Essie and the awesome women of Obtained Elegance to generate anything with so substantially meaning and function, but that is also just so pretty to appear at. Love is appreciate! 

GB: So, what is subsequent for every single of you?

ES: I am at this time doing work on a solo show titled “The fireplace in her eyes.” This show as a entire is meant to be a commentary about the approaches in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black community have been heavily motivated by Eurocentric standards of elegance. Some items will be visible translations of my lived ordeals as a Black lady in the United States. Other pieces will emphasize the strength, and sensuality of the black feminine type even though exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The present is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I am dying to go greater and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so several tips in my head of what I’d like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life-style pictures… And sooner or later, the aspiration is to make visible performs of artwork for firms to use in displays and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Acquired Beauty, for bringing me closer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for getting the time to talk with us and drop some gentle on the appreciate and vision that our community has to offer. Our world is a lot more beautiful mainly because of every of you. We simply cannot wait around to see your future art!

Visit us in-retail store at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City to perspective our 2022 Pleasure show.

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