Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Obtained Elegance, you know that our northwest element window is extremely shut to our heart. Additional than just visual merchandising, we watch our store window as our option to outwardly depict Got Beauty’s identity, main values, and unequivocal really like and aid for our community. For our summer time 2022 display we have teamed up with neighborhood artists, activists  and inventive geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pleasure around it!

Built to rejoice our incredibly favourite month of the calendar year – Pride Month, they have designed an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly dream. The duo was form enough to fulfill us at the Obtained Beauty headquarters and chat about the method. 

Got Natural beauty: June is fingers down our preferred thirty day period at Obtained Natural beauty since it is Pleasure – an option to demonstrate our group our appreciate and guidance of equality for all. We are seriously so psyched to collaborate with you both equally on this venture! Tell us, what does Delight month signify to you?

ES: Pleasure month in Utah is about local community and generating protected spaces for marginalized people that really do not normally really feel like they can exist as their true selves in their day-to-day life. People that never reside in this article are normally so surprised when I discuss to them about the SLC satisfaction celebrations. In these kinds of a conservative point out and city they really do not expect there to be these a huge LGBTQ+ presence. We have a extremely vibrant and very pleased queer neighborhood here. I demonstrate up for satisfaction every yr for the reason that I sense it is so critical for other people that look like me, in particular youthful people today that are in a space of exploration to know that becoming queer can look a good deal of various strategies. You are legitimate and there is no suitable or completely wrong way to celebrate pleasure. At the conclude of the working day it is about self-affirmation, and coming alongside one another with other folks that will settle for you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pride thirty day period is a time of self-expression and enjoy! To me, I am reminded of how critical it is to adore and accept a person one more. 


GB: Staying a woman-owned and operated small business, we are normally in this article to rejoice our fellow manager babes and entrepreneurs. Can you convey to us a bit about your entrepreneurial get the job done in the arts?

ES: My art is loud and significant, unapologetic and unrefined. I develop, to consider up house, and symbolize other individuals like me. I believe that art is far more than a resourceful outlet. It is a sort of activism. Being an artist is a instrument. I technique art as a way to visually inform a tale. If I can do well in capturing your notice, my hope is that it will lead to you to cease and consider, then find out and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all points design, staging, and style and design. Anything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible art shows, live display choreography, and more! If it needs a visible eye to make everything appear with each other and glimpse cohesive and exciting, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I achieved a couple several years ago at a retail store that we labored at and she was my manager! We became pals and even even though we no more time perform jointly at Blue, we collaborate often because we make a excellent group. 

CA: We satisfied at a previous area of work exactly where I was Essie’s manager. The very first time I spoke to her was in an interview for the occupation. I bear in mind wondering ” This lady is a powerhouse, she’s in this globe to make a variation. What is she executing interviewing for retail? She should really be famous.” I’m so glad I acquired to get the job done so closely with her. It potential customers to a great friendship and excellent partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you expand up working towards artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was generally experimenting and I had a lot of exciting building art out of founding products. I began developing with more intention in superior faculty. Creating artwork was a passion for me for a extended time, but I didn’t contemplate myself an artist or think I could make it a job right until the previous several decades. Imposter syndrome likely experienced a whole lot to do with that. Now, seeking again I recognize that becoming an artist has often been aspect of my identification. 

CA: As a kid, I usually experimented with to discover various sorts of artwork to most effective permit my creativeness out. Drawing, crafting, tunes… Very little caught till I located interior style and design. Which is when I realized I had a passion for visible screen and staging. 

GB: What are your favourite mediums?

ES: Most of the parts I produce are acrylic on canvas with 3D aspects included into just about every painting. I enjoy doing work with silk bouquets and other resources like moss, stones, wood, material, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Passion Hopper”. I try out different sorts of mediums often, just to working experience new issues. I adore to get crafty and develop art with my hands. But so considerably, my beloved seems to be setting up scenes for photo shoots. All the things from finding a area, deciding on and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the shots and poses with the photographer/models. Can you classify that as a medium? I might like to think so. 


GB: What can we catch you performing when you are away from your artistry?

ES: I enjoy studying, composing, tenting, and staying outside. Correct now I’m acquiring pleasurable understanding how to participate in yet again. I a short while ago purchased roller skates. I loved skating when I was a kid, and re-mastering it has been a enjoyment way to de-stress from adulting.

CA: I usually appear to have a property renovation challenge or approach to redecorate something, which retains me fairly hectic. I also really like the outside: climbing, kayaking, and having my 2 dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Ideal for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a preferred challenge or series that you have labored on?

ES: I’m actually very pleased of the artwork exhibits I have curated. The most current display was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an show showcasing only BIPOC artists. I produced a combined media portray for the display titled “She Becomes”. The topic of the portray is a panther woman and it’s my existing preferred.

CA: The Obtained Attractiveness Summertime Delight window is my new beloved! It was so fun to collaborate with Essie and the remarkable gals of Acquired Magnificence to create a little something with so a great deal this means and intent, but that is also just so pretty to seem at. Really like is love! 

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

ES: I am at this time functioning on a solo show titled “The fire in her eyes.” This exhibit as a full is meant to be a commentary about the strategies in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black local community have been seriously motivated by Eurocentric standards of magnificence. Some pieces will be visual translations of my lived activities as a Black girl in the United States. Other parts will emphasize the power, and sensuality of the black female form even though discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The clearly show is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go greater and bolder with image shoot staging! I have so quite a few tips in my head of what I would really like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, way of life shots… And inevitably, the desire is to build visible functions of artwork for firms to use in shows and advertising. Thank you, Obtained Splendor, for bringing me nearer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for using the time to discuss with us and drop some light on the appreciate and vision that our group has to offer you. Our planet is a lot more wonderful due to the fact of just about every of you. We can not wait to see your upcoming art!

Take a look at us in-shop at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Town to perspective our 2022 Delight show.

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