Chantal Solomon's ancestors began to arrive in “Beautiful British Columbia” in 1925 via Eastern Turtle Island, Europe & Africa. She was born in Vancouver BC through city life was not her calling. She roamed many mountains, gardens & coastlines with a curiosity for the old ways of the land. Along the way, she dedicated her life to learning about the communication between inner dreams, perception, people & the land.
Chantal's creative drive is influenced by her work with plants, listening to the stories of her communities and a commitment to regenerative practices that celebrate age-old techniques while utilizing the best of modern technology. In showcasing various aspects of the land she hopes to highlight the beauty that is naturally present and holds space for reflection on how we engage with it. Chantal is fascinated by the temporary nature of all things and the human drive to capture & preserve beauty at all costs.
Her vision is to create opportunities for communities experience nature-based living, collaboration & systems of support. She is deeply influenced by her mixed heritage and her ancestors' traditional Land-based lifestyles. Chantal has dedicated her time to learning & working in the fields of Herbal Medicine, Food Security, Special Education & Visual Arts. She believes creativity is the most important asset one can develop and that it is our collective responsibility to create with the notion that our ripples will carry forward to generations beyond our lifetime.
Chantal is a creative facilitator that shares her passion for plant knowledge in various capacities with all ages, abilities & orientations. Her facilitation philosophy has been inspired by Metis culture, inquiry-based learning & Reggio Emilia. In 2016 Chantal founded Heart Seeds Creative. Where she produces a variety of nature-inspired creations, curriculum & experiences. She is currently is based in Victoria BC, Canada.
North Island College, Human Service Worker Diploma: Special Education
Gia College, Master Gardener
Intersections Media: Film Making Internship
Comox Valley Art Gallery Film Making Internship
Dominion Herbal College, Master Herbalist
Waichay Aboriginal Multi-Media Internship: Screen printing
The University of Victoria, Major Visual Arts, Self Employment Co-op
1st place, Film: Local Food For Thought, SustainABILITY' Expo Film Exhibition, Richmond Museum
Mixed Media, "Artist’s Spotlight: Chantal Solomon", Cornerstone Taphouse, Courtenay, BC
Installation: “Fairy Fort”, Diversity Music Festival, Texada Island, BC
Screen Print, Shared Histories: A Canada-South Africa Co-production Public Screening & Exhibition, Courtenay Museum & Archives, Courtenay, BC
Screen Print "Queneesh", Hands of the Next Generation, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC
Film "Walking the Vision", Illuminate, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC
Film "Hidden Memories", Forest Fairy Project: Corrie Alice Gallery, Cumberland, BC
Film: "Local Foof For Thought", SustainABILITY' Expo, Awarded 1st place, Richmond Museum, Richmond, BC