Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Magnificence, you know that our northwest element window is really close to our coronary heart. Much more than just visible merchandising, we view our store window as our chance to outwardly symbolize Received Beauty’s temperament, main values, and unequivocal like and assist for our neighborhood. For our summer time 2022 show we’ve teamed up with neighborhood artists, activists  and artistic geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with delight above it!

Built to rejoice our extremely favorite thirty day period of the 12 months – Pleasure Thirty day period, they have created an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly dream. The duo was sort adequate to satisfy us at the Bought Beauty headquarters and chat about the approach. 

Acquired Splendor: June is palms down our favored thirty day period at Got Elegance for the reason that it’s Delight – an opportunity to demonstrate our neighborhood our appreciate and assist of equality for all. We are significantly so fired up to collaborate with you the two on this challenge! Notify us, what does Pleasure month imply to you?

ES: Pleasure month in Utah is about group and making protected areas for marginalized individuals that never always feel like they can exist as their accurate selves in their each day daily life. Men and women that do not stay right here are constantly so shocked when I talk to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In these kinds of a conservative condition and city they never hope there to be these types of a substantial LGBTQ+ existence. We have a quite lively and happy queer community below. I show up for satisfaction every yr simply because I really feel it is so important for some others that seem like me, primarily more youthful individuals that are in a place of exploration to know that remaining queer can look a lot of distinct approaches. You are valid and there is no appropriate or incorrect way to celebrate pleasure. At the end of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming together with other individuals that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction thirty day period is a time of self-expression and love! To me, I’m reminded of how essential it is to like and settle for just one one more. 


GB: Becoming a feminine-owned and operated company, we are normally right here to rejoice 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 huge, unapologetic and unrefined. I develop, to acquire up house, and represent other individuals like me. I believe that that art is a lot more than a inventive outlet. It is a form of activism. Being an artist is a tool. I tactic artwork as a way to visually tell a tale. If I can succeed in capturing your awareness, my hope is that it will result in you to cease and consider, then master and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all things type, staging, and style and design. Every thing from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork shows, stay clearly show choreography, and much more! If it requires a visible eye to make almost everything appear alongside one another and appear cohesive and exciting, I’m on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I met a several many years ago at a retail shop that we labored at and she was my manager! We grew to become buddies and even nevertheless we no for a longer period perform together at Blue, we collaborate normally because we make a great workforce. 

CA: We satisfied at a earlier put of work the place I was Essie’s manager. The to start with time I spoke to her was in an interview for the task. I recall imagining ” This lady is a powerhouse, she’s in this entire world to make a big difference. What is she executing interviewing for retail? She need to be famed.” I am so glad I bought to work so carefully with her. It prospects to a wonderful friendship and great partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you develop up training artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was usually experimenting and I had a large amount of entertaining making art out of founding merchandise. I started generating with additional intention in superior school. Generating artwork was a pastime for me for a lengthy time, but I did not look at myself an artist or believe that I could make it a job till the past couple yrs. Imposter syndrome probably experienced a lot to do with that. Now, hunting back again I recognize that staying an artist has constantly been aspect of my identification. 

CA: As a child, I normally attempted to discover diverse sorts of art to very best allow my creative imagination out. Drawing, crafting, new music… Absolutely nothing stuck until I discovered inside style. That is when I recognized I had a enthusiasm for visual display and staging. 

GB: What are your favourite mediums?

ES: Most of the items I develop are acrylic on canvas with 3D aspects incorporated into each individual painting. I really like doing the job with silk flowers and other components like moss, stones, wood, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Hobby Hopper”. I try different types of mediums normally, just to working experience new things. I appreciate to get crafty and produce artwork with my arms. But so significantly, my favorite looks to be environment up scenes for image shoots. Every thing from finding a locale, choosing and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the photographs and poses with the photographer/models. 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 really like looking at, composing, tenting, and remaining outdoor. Correct now I’m acquiring fun learning how to play again. I lately acquired roller skates. I liked skating when I was a kid, and re-understanding it has been a pleasurable way to de-anxiety from adulting.

CA: I constantly feel to have a home renovation project or system to redecorate some thing, which keeps me very hectic. I also love the outdoor: mountaineering, kayaking, and having my 2 canines up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Very best for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a favourite challenge or sequence that you have labored on?

ES: I’m seriously proud of the art reveals I have curated. The most recent exhibit was “The Defeat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit showcasing only BIPOC artists. I made a mixed media portray for the display titled “She Becomes”. The topic of the portray is a panther woman and it’s my latest most loved.

CA: The Acquired Elegance Summer months Pleasure window is my new favored! It was so exciting to collaborate with Essie and the astounding ladies of Received Magnificence to generate anything with so considerably meaning and reason, but that is also just so very to glimpse at. Like is enjoy! 

GB: So, what is next for just about every of you?

ES: I am at the moment operating on a solo show titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This exhibit as a full is intended to be a commentary about the techniques in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been closely motivated by Eurocentric requirements of attractiveness. Some pieces will be visual translations of my lived ordeals as a Black girl in the United States. Other parts will highlight the toughness, and sensuality of the black feminine type even though discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The show is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go even larger and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so lots of tips in my head of what I’d love to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life style photographs… And sooner or later, the aspiration is to build visible works of art for corporations to use in shows and marketing. Thank you, Received Magnificence, for bringing me closer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for having the time to communicate with us and get rid of some gentle on the like and vision that our community has to give. Our world is much more attractive mainly because of every of you. We just can’t hold out to see your approaching artwork!

Stop by us in-keep at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Town to look at our 2022 Pleasure display screen.

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