December 8, 2023


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Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Received Beauty, you know that our northwest feature window is particularly shut to our coronary heart. Extra than just visible merchandising, we perspective our store window as our possibility to outwardly characterize Bought Beauty’s temperament, core values, and unequivocal appreciate and support for our community. For our summer season 2022 show we have teamed up with nearby artists, activists  and creative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pride more than it!

Made to celebrate our extremely favourite thirty day period of the 12 months – Pleasure Month, they have designed an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly dream. The duo was form adequate to satisfy us at the Acquired Beauty headquarters and chat about the system. 

Got Beauty: June is hands down our favourite month at Acquired Elegance since it’s Pleasure – an opportunity to display our neighborhood our like and assistance of equality for all. We are critically so fired up to collaborate with you the two on this undertaking! Notify us, what does Satisfaction month suggest to you?

ES: Pride month in Utah is about group and making risk-free areas for marginalized individuals that never generally experience like they can exist as their legitimate selves in their every day existence. People today that don’t live right here are generally so astonished when I talk to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In such a conservative state and town they never anticipate there to be this sort of a huge LGBTQ+ existence. We have a incredibly vivid and proud queer local community in this article. I demonstrate up for satisfaction just about every year for the reason that I really feel it’s so significant for many others that look like me, primarily younger people that are in a house of exploration to know that being queer can glance a large amount of various techniques. You are valid and there is no appropriate or mistaken way to rejoice satisfaction. At the finish of the day it is about self-affirmation, and coming jointly with other people that will acknowledge you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pleasure thirty day period is a time of self-expression and like! To me, I am reminded of how significant it is to adore and acknowledge a person another. 


GB: Getting a feminine-owned and operated company, we are normally below to rejoice our fellow manager babes and business people. Can you notify us a little bit about your entrepreneurial operate in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and substantial, unapologetic and unrefined. I develop, to consider up house, and stand for many others like me. I think that artwork is far more than a inventive outlet. It is a form of activism. Remaining an artist is a software. I technique art as a way to visually tell a tale. If I can thrive in capturing your consideration, my hope is that it will cause you to quit and believe, then discover and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all issues design and style, staging, and layout. Almost everything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork displays, dwell clearly show choreography, and a lot more! If it involves a visual eye to make every little thing arrive with each other and glimpse cohesive and appealing, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I achieved a couple decades in the past at a retail store that we worked at and she was my manager! We became pals and even even though we no for a longer time do the job alongside one another at Blue, we collaborate usually mainly because we make a wonderful workforce. 

CA: We achieved at a earlier spot of employment where by I was Essie’s supervisor. The first time I spoke to her was in an interview for the task. I bear in mind imagining ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this world to make a variance. What is she carrying out interviewing for retail? She really should be popular.” I’m so glad I obtained to perform so carefully with her. It leads to a amazing friendship and good partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you improve up practicing art?

ES: When I was a child I was normally experimenting and I experienced a good deal of exciting making artwork out of founding items. I started out developing with extra intention in substantial faculty. Making artwork was a interest for me for a extended time, but I didn’t take into consideration myself an artist or consider I could make it a profession right up until the very last handful of several years. Imposter syndrome likely had a ton to do with that. Now, searching back I identify that remaining an artist has usually been section of my id. 

CA: As a child, I generally tried out to uncover different kinds of art to greatest allow my creative imagination out. Drawing, crafting, tunes… Very little stuck right up until I observed inside style. That’s when I recognized I had a passion for visual show and staging. 

GB: What are your favorite mediums?

ES: Most of the pieces I develop are acrylic on canvas with 3D features integrated into every single painting. I really like operating with silk bouquets and other resources like moss, stones, wooden, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Hobby Hopper”. I consider unique sorts of mediums often, just to experience new issues. I love to get crafty and build art with my fingers. But so significantly, my favourite appears to be environment up scenes for photograph shoots. Everything from finding a spot, deciding upon and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/products. Can you classify that as a medium? I might like to believe so. 


GB: What can we capture you performing when you’re away from your artistry?

ES: I love examining, composing, camping, and getting outdoor. Right now I’m acquiring fun studying how to play once more. I not too long ago acquired roller skates. I beloved skating when I was a child, and re-learning it has been a pleasurable way to de-pressure from adulting.

CA: I generally appear to be to have a residence renovation undertaking or plan to redecorate one thing, which keeps me rather chaotic. I also enjoy the outdoors: climbing, kayaking, and taking my 2 pet dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Finest for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a favourite venture or collection that you’ve labored on?

ES: I’m truly very pleased of the artwork demonstrates I have curated. The most latest display was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an exhibit showcasing only BIPOC artists. I created a combined media portray for the display titled “She Becomes”. The subject of the painting is a panther woman and it is my current favorite.

CA: The Got Elegance Summer season Delight window is my new beloved! It was so entertaining to collaborate with Essie and the astounding females of Received Beauty to generate something with so much which means and reason, but that’s also just so rather to glance at. Enjoy is like! 

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

ES: I am at this time performing on a solo exhibit titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This show as a entire is intended to be a commentary about the approaches in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black community have been closely motivated by Eurocentric standards of elegance. Some parts will be visible translations of my lived ordeals as a Black female in the United States. Other parts will highlight the energy, and sensuality of the black female type whilst exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The clearly show is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go larger and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so numerous strategies in my head of what I might like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, lifestyle photographs… And sooner or later, the aspiration is to generate visible will work of art for corporations to use in displays and advertising. Thank you, Received Natural beauty, for bringing me closer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for using the time to talk with us and shed some mild on the like and eyesight that our local community has to offer. Our world is extra stunning for the reason that of every of you. We simply cannot hold out to see your impending art!

Stop by us in-store at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Town to look at our 2022 Satisfaction show.