September 27, 2023

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Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Bought Beauty, you know that our northwest feature window is exceptionally near to our heart. A lot more than just visible merchandising, we perspective our shop window as our chance to outwardly represent Bought Beauty’s personality, core values, and unequivocal appreciate and support for our neighborhood. For our summer months 2022 screen we have teamed up with local artists, activists  and artistic geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with delight around it!

Built to celebrate our pretty preferred thirty day period of the calendar year – Pleasure Thirty day period, they have made an entryway straight out of a rainbow-coloured butterfly dream. The duo was form enough to meet us at the Bought Beauty headquarters and chat about the procedure. 

Acquired Natural beauty: June is hands down our favored month at Obtained Magnificence due to the fact it is Pride – an possibility to show our neighborhood our love and assist of equality for all. We are critically so thrilled to collaborate with you both of those on this project! Convey to us, what does Delight month signify to you?

ES: Satisfaction month in Utah is about group and creating safe and sound areas for marginalized individuals that do not normally really feel like they can exist as their genuine selves in their everyday lifetime. Persons that really don’t dwell below are constantly so astonished when I discuss to them about the SLC delight celebrations. In these a conservative condition and metropolis they never hope there to be such a huge LGBTQ+ presence. We have a really lively and very pleased queer community in this article. I show up for pleasure every single 12 months simply because I feel it is so vital for other folks that appear like me, specifically youthful folks that are in a room of exploration to know that currently being queer can appear a whole lot of different techniques. You are valid and there is no ideal or wrong way to rejoice satisfaction. At the end of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming with each other with other people that will acknowledge you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Satisfaction thirty day period is a time of self-expression and really like! To me, I’m reminded of how critical it is to really like and settle for one particular a further. 


GB: Being a woman-owned and operated enterprise, we are often below to rejoice our fellow manager babes and business owners. Can you notify us a bit about your entrepreneurial function in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and large, unapologetic and unrefined. I produce, to consider up room, and stand for many others like me. I feel that artwork is far more than a inventive outlet. It is a kind of activism. Getting an artist is a resource. I approach artwork as a way to visually convey to a tale. If I can succeed in capturing your awareness, my hope is that it will bring about you to halt and think, then find out and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all factors design and style, staging, and structure. Almost everything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible art shows, live demonstrate choreography, and more! If it involves a visible eye to make everything come collectively and appear cohesive and fascinating, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I fulfilled a number of yrs in the past at a retail store that we labored at and she was my manager! We turned good friends and even however we no lengthier operate collectively at Blue, we collaborate often simply because we make a fantastic crew. 

CA: We met at a former area of employment exactly where I was Essie’s supervisor. The initially time I spoke to her was in an job interview for the occupation. I recall pondering ” This girl is a powerhouse, she’s in this planet to make a change. What is she executing interviewing for retail? She ought to be popular.” I’m so glad I received to perform so closely with her. It potential customers to a superb friendship and excellent partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you develop up working towards artwork?

ES: When I was a child I was normally experimenting and I had a ton of enjoyment generating artwork out of founding products. I began making with additional intention in significant faculty. Building artwork was a hobby for me for a very long time, but I did not think about myself an artist or think I could make it a occupation until eventually the last couple years. Imposter syndrome possibly experienced a great deal to do with that. Now, hunting back again I identify that remaining an artist has usually been component of my id. 

CA: As a child, I often tried out to uncover unique forms of artwork to very best permit my creative imagination out. Drawing, creating, audio… Very little stuck right until I identified interior style. Which is when I realized I had a enthusiasm for visible display and staging. 

GB: What are your beloved mediums?

ES: Most of the parts I build are acrylic on canvas with 3D factors integrated into each individual portray. I really like functioning with silk flowers and other supplies like moss, stones, wood, material, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Interest Hopper”. I test distinct sorts of mediums typically, just to knowledge new issues. I love to get crafty and create artwork with my fingers. But so far, my favourite seems to be location up scenes for picture shoots. Every little thing from acquiring a site, deciding on and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the shots and poses with the photographer/products. Can you classify that as a medium? I would like to think so. 


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

ES: I enjoy reading, composing, camping, and staying outside. Proper now I’m obtaining enjoyment discovering how to play yet again. I just lately acquired roller skates. I beloved skating when I was a child, and re-discovering it has been a fun way to de-worry from adulting.

CA: I usually feel to have a house renovation job or plan to redecorate some thing, which keeps me really busy. I also adore the outside: mountaineering, kayaking, and taking my 2 puppies up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Finest for discovering. 


GB: Do you have a favored undertaking or collection that you’ve worked on?

ES: I’m really proud of the artwork shows I’ve curated. The most the latest demonstrate was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an show featuring only BIPOC artists. I established a combined media portray for the present titled “She Becomes”. The issue of the portray is a panther female and it’s my latest most loved.

CA: The Received Beauty Summertime Pleasure window is my new favored! It was so entertaining to collaborate with Essie and the amazing women of all ages of Received Splendor to make something with so much that means and intent, but that is also just so quite to glimpse at. Love is really like! 

GB: So, what’s upcoming for each of you?

ES: I am at this time doing work on a solo show titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This exhibit as a whole is intended to be a commentary about the approaches in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black community have been intensely affected by Eurocentric benchmarks of magnificence. Some pieces will be visible translations of my lived ordeals as a Black woman in the United States. Other parts will emphasize the toughness, and sensuality of the black woman sort though discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The present is tentatively set for November 2022. 

CA: I am dying to go larger and bolder with photo shoot staging! I have so numerous strategies in my head of what I might adore to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life style photographs… And sooner or later, the dream is to develop visible operates of artwork for enterprises to use in displays and advertising and marketing. Thank you, Obtained Beauty, for bringing me closer to that dream! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for using the time to converse with us and get rid of some gentle on the enjoy and vision that our community has to present. Our environment is additional attractive since of each of you. We cannot wait around to see your future art!

Visit us in-store at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to watch our 2022 Pleasure display.