The title was inspired by Shelia Coombs, a member of The Crumley House.
"I'm thankful that after my injury I found The Crumley House to live because I know I will be safe. It is the best place for a UNIQUE DREAMER like myself," wrote Shelia.
Copies of the original submissions by the members comprise the first layer of the panels. Chasidy wanted to build a foundation that represented the struggles and perseverance of the brain injury survivors.
There are eleven layers in each of the mixed-media pieces. Chasidy used paper, acrylic paints, inks, graphite, gold and copper leaf, and other elements to bring her vision to life and to tell the story of the answers to the "I Am" and "I Am Thankful For" prompts given to the members. To see more of Chasidy's mixed-media pieces, visit the vault.
Wanting to connect with each member's words and show their sparkle, Chasidy meticulously traced over their words in gold leaf. It took her several hours to capture their words as accurately as possible. As she carefully followed each line, she thought about how each member worked so hard to put their thoughts on paper. "I cried a lot, and I prayed a lot while creating these pieces because each line, each word, made me realize I needed to be more grateful for the things so many can’t do or struggle to do," explained Hathorn. To learn more about Chasidy, visit her bio.
Unique Dreamers is part of Chasidy's Dreaming series. Dreaming began in 2020 when Chasidy took to her studio and turned on her imagination as a way to escape the constant barrage of pandemic and political news. While listening to The Hip Abduction, she danced around her studio and created paintings filled with fun, bold colors, lots of movement, and a little sparkle. Unique Dreamers is a perfect fit for this series because time waits for no one, so we all need to live life to its fullest. Check out her current collection here.