Chantal Polchies grew up on the Woodstock First Nation reserve in New Brunswick, Canada. In 2014 she began her studies in the Aboriginal Visual Arts program at the New Brunswick Collage of Craft and Design.
She chose the AVA program because she was interested in Native history and wanted to learn more about her culture. In the AVA program Polchies learned how to work with bark, leather, and beading. After her foundation year in AVA she went into the Jewellery/Metal Arts program and learned how to make production work and show pieces.
Her inspirations come from nature, stories and her Aboriginal culture. After she graduated from Jewellery/Metal Arts in 2017 she came back for the Advanced Studio Practice at NBCCD and focused on self-direction with the assistance of her studio advisor and ASP teacher. During that time she taught herself chasing and repousse with some direction from her Studio Advisor. She now combines leather, beading, and metal together to express a story or feeling through her work.
Chantal’s work has been displayed in the All My People AVA student exhibition in 2015, the Sterling Jewellery/Metal Arts Student Annual Exhibition in 2016 and 2017, at Lieutenant Governor House and the 2018 Momentum Advanced Studio Practice exhibition. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Brilliant Award from the NBCCD Student Metalsmith Competition.
She is currently working on a line of earrings and pendants inspired by her mixed media belts.