Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Elegance, you know that our northwest feature window is extremely close to our coronary heart. Far more than just visual merchandising, we view our store window as our prospect to outwardly depict Received Beauty’s individuality, main values, and unequivocal appreciate and help for our community. For our summer 2022 display we have teamed up with community artists, activists  and creative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with satisfaction in excess of it!

Intended to rejoice our very beloved month of the calendar year – Satisfaction Thirty day period, they have designed an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly aspiration. The duo was variety plenty of to fulfill us at the Bought Beauty headquarters and chat about the process. 

Bought Beauty: June is palms down our most loved month at Received Beauty for the reason that it’s Delight – an possibility to present our neighborhood our like and assist of equality for all. We are severely so thrilled to collaborate with you the two on this task! Explain to us, what does Delight thirty day period mean to you?

ES: Pride month in Utah is about community and building protected spaces for marginalized people that don’t constantly experience like they can exist as their real selves in their day to day daily life. Folks that never stay listed here are usually so shocked when I communicate to them about the SLC delight celebrations. In these a conservative state and town they really don’t anticipate there to be such a huge LGBTQ+ presence. We have a extremely lively and very pleased queer group right here. I exhibit up for satisfaction each calendar year simply because I truly feel it is so essential for others that look like me, especially younger people that are in a room of exploration to know that being queer can appear a lot of unique means. You are legitimate and there is no ideal or erroneous way to rejoice delight. At the end of the day it is about self-affirmation, and coming alongside one another with other individuals that will take you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pleasure month is a time of self-expression and love! To me, I am reminded of how essential it is to adore and take one particular another. 


GB: Being a woman-owned and operated company, we are always 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 art is loud and significant, unapologetic and unrefined. I produce, to take up space, and symbolize other people like me. I imagine that art is extra than a innovative outlet. It is a sort of activism. Currently being an artist is a resource. I solution artwork as a way to visually explain to a tale. If I can thrive in capturing your attention, my hope is that it will bring about you to stop and imagine, then learn and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all issues model, staging, and design and style. Every little thing from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visual art shows, stay clearly show choreography, and additional! If it involves a visual eye to make every thing appear together and seem cohesive and intriguing, I’m on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a few years in the past at a retail store that we labored at and she was my manager! We turned friends and even though we no extended do the job alongside one another at Blue, we collaborate normally since we make a excellent crew. 

CA: We fulfilled at a former location of work exactly where I was Essie’s manager. The initial time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the task. I try to remember considering ” This woman is a powerhouse, she’s in this globe to make a big difference. What is she accomplishing interviewing for retail? She really should be well known.” I’m so happy I obtained to work so intently with her. It prospects to a fantastic friendship and fantastic partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you improve up practicing art?

ES: When I was a child I was constantly experimenting and I had a good deal of pleasurable making art out of founding merchandise. I started out developing with a lot more intention in significant school. Making art was a interest for me for a prolonged time, but I did not contemplate myself an artist or believe that I could make it a vocation right up until the very last number of many years. Imposter syndrome almost certainly had a great deal to do with that. Now, looking back again I understand that getting an artist has generally been element of my id. 

CA: As a kid, I usually tried to find distinctive varieties of art to most effective let my creative imagination out. Drawing, producing, audio… Almost nothing caught right until I uncovered inside design. Which is when I realized I had a passion for visible display screen and staging. 

GB: What are your favorite mediums?

ES: Most of the pieces I create are acrylic on canvas with 3D components incorporated into just about every painting. I enjoy functioning with silk bouquets and other elements like moss, stones, wooden, material, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Interest Hopper”. I test distinctive types of mediums typically, just to experience new points. I appreciate to get crafty and create art with my arms. But so far, my favored appears to be placing up scenes for photograph shoots. Anything from finding a location, deciding on and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the pictures and poses with the photographer/models. Can you classify that as a medium? I’d like to assume so. 


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

ES: I enjoy examining, creating, tenting, and getting outdoors. Suitable now I’m having entertaining mastering how to perform once again. I recently acquired roller skates. I cherished skating when I was a kid, and re-discovering it has been a entertaining way to de-stress from adulting.

CA: I often appear to be to have a home renovation job or prepare to redecorate some thing, which retains me really chaotic. I also appreciate the outdoor: climbing, kayaking, and taking my 2 dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Greatest for exploring. 


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

ES: I’m actually proud of the artwork displays I’ve curated. The most the latest exhibit was “The Beat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit that includes only BIPOC artists. I created a blended media portray for the present titled “She Becomes”. The topic of the portray is a panther lady and it is my existing favored.

CA: The Acquired Elegance Summer months Delight window is my new beloved! It was so entertaining to collaborate with Essie and the incredible females of Got Beauty to produce something with so considerably that means and goal, but that’s also just so quite to appear at. Adore is like! 

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

ES: I am at present doing work on a solo exhibit titled “The fire in her eyes.” This show as a whole is meant to be a commentary about the methods in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black neighborhood have been heavily motivated by Eurocentric specifications of attractiveness. Some items will be visual translations of my lived ordeals as a Black female in the United States. Other pieces will spotlight the energy, and sensuality of the black female kind though discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The exhibit is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go greater and bolder with photograph shoot staging! I have so many suggestions in my head of what I would love to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life-style pictures… And ultimately, the desire is to develop visible performs of artwork for organizations to use in shows and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Got Splendor, for bringing me nearer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for taking the time to communicate with us and drop some gentle on the love and vision that our neighborhood has to supply. Our entire world is far more attractive simply because of each individual of you. We just can’t hold out to see your upcoming artwork!

Pay a visit to us in-keep at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to watch our 2022 Satisfaction display screen.