Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Received Splendor, you know that our northwest element window is particularly shut to our coronary heart. A lot more than just visual merchandising, we perspective our shop window as our prospect to outwardly signify Received Beauty’s character, core values, and unequivocal like and assistance for our group. For our summertime 2022 show we have teamed up with nearby artists, activists  and innovative geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with delight more than it!

Intended to rejoice our pretty preferred month of the calendar year – Delight Thirty day period, they have produced an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly aspiration. The duo was sort more than enough to satisfy us at the Got Splendor headquarters and chat about the procedure. 

Obtained Elegance: June is fingers down our favored thirty day period at Got Attractiveness for the reason that it’s Satisfaction – an possibility to show our group our like and aid of equality for all. We are seriously so enthusiastic to collaborate with you the two on this challenge! Convey to us, what does Delight thirty day period mean to you?

ES: Pride thirty day period in Utah is about neighborhood and producing risk-free spaces for marginalized folks that never constantly really feel like they can exist as their correct selves in their day-to-day everyday living. Folks that don’t live in this article are often so shocked when I communicate to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In these a conservative point out and metropolis they never be expecting there to be this kind of a substantial LGBTQ+ presence. We have a pretty lively and very pleased queer local community here. I show up for delight every 12 months mainly because I truly feel it is so important for other folks that search like me, especially more youthful men and women that are in a space of exploration to know that remaining queer can glance a ton of different strategies. You are valid and there is no suitable or incorrect way to celebrate delight. At the conclude of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming collectively with other folks that will accept you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Delight month is a time of self-expression and adore! To me, I am reminded of how vital it is to love and acknowledge one particular one more. 


GB: Getting a woman-owned and operated company, we are often below to celebrate our fellow manager babes and entrepreneurs. Can you notify us a little bit about your entrepreneurial operate in the arts?

ES: My artwork is loud and massive, unapologetic and unrefined. I make, to consider up place, and signify many others like me. I consider that artwork is much more than a creative outlet. It is a sort of activism. Remaining an artist is a software. I technique artwork as a way to visually tell a tale. If I can be successful in capturing your interest, my hope is that it will cause you to quit and consider, then find out and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all factors model, staging, and design. Anything from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible art shows, stay present choreography, and far more! If it involves a visual eye to make everything occur with each other and look cohesive and interesting, I am on it! 

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

ES: Cj and I satisfied a few many years ago at a retail store that we labored at and she was my supervisor! We turned mates and even even though we no for a longer period do the job alongside one another at Blue, we collaborate generally due to the fact we make a good workforce. 

CA: We achieved at a former position of employment exactly where I was Essie’s manager. The initially time I spoke to her was in an interview for the work. I try to remember thinking ” This female is a powerhouse, she’s in this environment to make a big difference. What is she performing interviewing for retail? She should really be well known.” I’m so glad I received to work so carefully with her. It leads to a superb friendship and wonderful partnership in our art. 


GB: Did you improve up practicing art?

ES: When I was a child I was constantly experimenting and I experienced a large amount of pleasurable creating art out of founding things. I started generating with more intention in superior faculty. Generating artwork was a hobby for me for a long time, but I didn’t take into account myself an artist or imagine I could make it a job until finally the very last couple of years. Imposter syndrome probably experienced a lot to do with that. Now, hunting back again I recognize that remaining an artist has normally been aspect of my identification. 

CA: As a child, I frequently attempted to uncover various varieties of artwork to best enable my creativeness out. Drawing, crafting, audio… Nothing at all caught until finally I identified interior structure. That’s when I realized I had a enthusiasm for visual show and staging. 

GB: What are your favored mediums?

ES: Most of the items I make are acrylic on canvas with 3D things included into each painting. I enjoy doing the job with silk bouquets and other resources like moss, stones, wood, fabric, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Hobby Hopper”. I consider distinctive sorts of mediums typically, just to knowledge new items. I adore to get crafty and make artwork with my fingers. But so much, my most loved seems to be location up scenes for picture shoots. Almost everything from acquiring a location, picking and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the photographs and poses with the photographer/versions. Can you classify that as a medium? I would like to assume so. 


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

ES: I really like looking at, writing, camping, and staying outdoor. Right now I’m having exciting studying how to play again. I just lately acquired roller skates. I loved skating when I was a kid, and re-understanding it has been a exciting way to de-worry from adulting.

CA: I usually appear to have a dwelling renovation job or strategy to redecorate something, which retains me rather active. I also really like the outdoor: climbing, kayaking, and taking my 2 dogs up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Best for checking out. 


GB: Do you have a most loved project or collection that you have labored on?

ES: I’m genuinely very pleased of the art displays I have curated. The most modern demonstrate was “The Conquer of Our Blood” which was an exhibit showcasing only BIPOC artists. I created a combined media portray for the present titled “She Becomes”. The subject of the portray is a panther woman and it’s my recent preferred.

CA: The Bought Natural beauty Summer months Pleasure window is my new most loved! It was so enjoyment to collaborate with Essie and the amazing women of all ages of Received Beauty to generate a thing with so much that means and function, but that is also just so fairly to appear at. Love is enjoy! 

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

ES: I am currently doing the job on a solo exhibit titled “The fire in her eyes.” This exhibit as a entire is intended to be a commentary about the strategies in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black group have been heavily motivated by Eurocentric benchmarks of splendor. Some pieces will be visible translations of my lived activities as a Black lady in the United States. Other pieces will highlight the energy, and sensuality of the black female form even though exploring themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The demonstrate is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go more substantial and bolder with image shoot staging! I have so numerous concepts in my head of what I might really like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, life style pictures… And eventually, the dream is to make visible functions of artwork for businesses to use in shows and advertising. Thank you, Bought Elegance, 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 adore and eyesight that our group has to offer you. Our environment is additional stunning for the reason that of every single of you. We just can’t wait to see your upcoming artwork!

Stop by us in-retailer at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake Metropolis to view our 2022 Pleasure screen.

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