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Kim Toft with the ChildrenSchool Visits and Workshops

Kim Michelle Toft is a regular at many festival events, as well as visiting many schools around the country and overseas.

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Preview Exhibition

Posted on October 19th, 2014

Original Silk Cover - 'Green' 140x55cm

Original Silk Cover 140x55cm

Preview Exhibition of the all the original silk illustrations
from my upcoming new release
I Can Swim A Rainbow
Opening Friday 30th January 5pm – 7pm
Open Saturday 31st Jan and Sunday 1st Feb 10am – 3pm
The Fenwick Room The Ramada 2  Martin St Ballina NSW
Meet the artist and see the entire set of silks
before they go offshore to Hong Kong
for the official launch in March 2015.
All enquiries Kim Michelle Toft 04314 29092


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Silk Painting Workshops

Posted on November 23rd, 2009

School Visits

There are three options for School Workshops. You can have a combination of
options on each day with a maximum of three sessions, except Option 3 *see note.


Suitable: K- Year 7

Double Class Size: (approximately 60 children)

Duration: 1 hour session. Maximum of 3 x 1 hour sessions per day.


I do a series of 5 – 10 minute activities around each book, including;
drama, reciting, quick question/answer re: environment, and story reading. I
bring ½ dozen original silk paintings/illustrations with me.

I also demonstrate how silk painting is done by painting one fish per group
of students. The school has the option to buy this original 70 x 90 cm silk
for cost price; $150 + GST.

Each child receives a bookmark at the end of the session.

Cost: $500 + GST. Travel costs may apply.


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Suitable: Years 5-7

One Class Size: (approximately 30 children)

Children are divided into three groups of 10. I provide a creative writing/illustration
activity with the two groups that are not directly painting on the silk. Each
group rotates each ½ hour.

Duration: 1½ hour session

Content: The children work on one piece of silk approx 1.5m x 1m, which the
school keeps. As outlined above, each group of 30 is divided into 3 groups and
teachers work with the other two groups with a creative writing activity, while
one group works with me on the silk.


– $500 + GST

– Plus $150 for materials (silk, dyes and gutta)

– Travel costs may apply


Suitable: Years 5, 6 & 7 only

Class Size: Maximum 12 students

Duration: 2½ hours* if this session is chosen I can only do one of these
sessions plus one x Option 1.

Content: Each student produces their own individual painting, (approximately
45cm squared) which they get to keep


– $500 + GST

– Plus $150 for materials (silk, dyes and gutta)

– Travel costs may apply

For queries and availability

Contact Kim Toft on 6681 3993 after 10.30am

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If you would like to order any of my books and get them personally signed see


Time: 12 noon – 4pm

Duration: 3 ½ – 4 hours


To be advised


Once a month – July’s  workshop Saturday 11 July


Maximum 6 people


$120 all materials provided


During the afternoon you work on your own silk painting (approx 45cm square)

By the end of the 4 hours you have a finished silk painting, which you keep.

To enquire or make a booking call:

Sea Silks Gallery 02 6681 3993 after 10.30 daily except Tuesday and Sunday

Or email –

National CD Launch and Exhibition

Posted on August 8th, 2008

12 Underwater Days of Christmas CD National Launch

Exciting News! November 1st, 2008 at 2pm in Sea Silks Gallery, 2 Moon Street Ballina NSW.

Lisa Hunt original soul sister has recorded a 3 track CD to go with the very popular “The 12 Underwater Days of Christmas”.

Visit the CD Launch and hear Lisa Hunt singing live, browse the original silks gallery or purchase a signed copy of one of Kim Toft’s books.

Pre-order The 12 Underwater Days of Christmas CD and don’t miss out.

CD available separately or with  ‘The 12 Underwater Days of Christmas hard cover edition with bonus Christmas poster’.

To listen to a snippet from the CD, click below:

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Coral Sea Dreaming takes out Wilderness Society Award

Posted on December 12th, 2018

Kim Michelle Toft has won a national award for her latest children’s book, Coral Sea Dreaming.

It took out the Environmental Award for Children’s Literature (Non-fiction category) at the Wilderness Society’s annual awards.

Here is an article in the Ballina Advocate announcing the win.

Posted on October 17th, 2018

Kim will be speaking at the Ubud Writers Festival in Ubud, Indonesia from 24-28th October.

From humble beginnings in 2004, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events – an annual pilgrimage for lovers of literature and conversation.

Bringing together some of the world’s most powerful voices in a melting pot of artists, authors, thinkers and performers, the Festival is a platform for meaningful exchange and cross-cultural dialogue. A place where artists and audiences alike can discuss shared inspirations, ideas and concerns, the Festival transcends cultural and geographical borders to create a truly global community.

Across five days, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival delivers an eclectic program of events – from fiery conversations to intimate literary lunches, gripping live performances to hands-on workshops.

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, Co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing.

Wilderness Award Shortlist 2018

Posted on October 16th, 2018

I am proud to be included on the 2018 shortlist for the Environment Award for Children’s Literature. The Award is a celebration of children’s books that promote a lifelong love of nature.

This year’s shortlist features a selection of truly delightful books: beautifully illustrated picture fiction—children will want to turn the pages of these books over-and-over again; tales of young people who love nature and want to make a difference; and intriguing nonfiction books for exploring young minds.

Winners announced in October 2018

Courier Mail story on Kim

Posted on October 18th, 2017

Here is an article from the Courier Mail, a short biography of Kim and the influences on her as an artist.

It covers a little bit of the background to her new book, Coral Sea Dreaming.

I love the ocean. Its force and beauty inspires me, calms me and fascinates me. Through my books and silk art I want to capture its beauty and help educate our next generation about the importance of its preservation.

Coral Sea Dreaming is my 11th book and is a product of my lifelong love of the ocean, my fascination with the incredible beauty and diversity of coral reefs and my admiration of David Hannan’s stunning underwater cinematography.

View the full article from Courier Mail 10th Oct 2017

2017 Artists for Conservation Festival

Posted on October 18th, 2017

The 2017 Artists for Conservation Festival presented by RE/MAX is returning to Vancouver this November. Rounding out the multi-day event will be live music, films, live birds of prey, live art demos, kids crafts and workshops.

Main Festival Venue:
Nov 10-13 | Festival Open to Public | VanDusen Botanical Garden (Free admission to exhibit and most activities)

Ticketed Events:
Oct 21 (7-10pm) | Festival Preview Evening | Capilano University’s Blueshore Centre for Performing Arts. Register for Free.

Nov 9 (7-10pm) | Grand Opening Reception | VanDusen Botanical Garden
Buy Tickets ($75pp early bird), $110 after Nov 21.

Nov 10 | Introduction to Silk Painting with Master Silk Painter, Kim Toft
Nov 11 | Drawing Techniques with Master Wildlife Artist, Terry Isaac Register Now

Find out more by visiting the festival website.

Workshop at the Moreton Bay Research Station

Posted on August 8th, 2017

Workshop at the Moreton Bay Research Station UQ, North Stradbroke Island  Monday 31st July for The Marine Mammal Symposium.

Wonderful feedback and positive environmental outcomes.

Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch – Lennox Wave

Posted on July 27th, 2017

Lennox Wave has written an article on the Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch from last week.

“Kim and David believe their collaboration can act as a unique education tool for children and getting the next generation understanding the need for caring for the ocean environment.

As amazing as Kim’s art interpretations of the coral reef are, they sadly could be some of the last beautiful representations, if they continue to die and our children lose the opportunity to witness the wonderment of living, breathing, beautiful colourful coral reefs in the real world.

Kim and David will donate 35% of profits to the Ocean Ark Alliance’s educational outreach programs.”

Read the full article here.


Marine Mammal Forum: Sharing Scientific and Traditional Knowledge.

Posted on July 27th, 2017

Would you like to learn more about the magnificent whales, dolphins and dugongs that inhabit Moreton Bay?

Traditional Owners and scientists will share their knowledge of marine mammals at next month’s free University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Station Marine Mammal Forum: Sharing Scientific and Traditional Knowledge.

Kim will be there, holding a stall and giving a demonstration.

The event is open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Monday 31 July

Time: 9am-3pm

Location: UQ Moreton Bay Research Station, 37 Fraser Street, Dunwich

Find out more here.

Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch – July 22

Posted on July 17th, 2017

Future of coral reefs in focus

Posted on July 17th, 2017

(From the Ballina Advocate – Wednesday, July 12, 2017 –

BALLINA artist and author Kim Michelle Toft has partnered with an underwater cinematographer to produce a book aimed at saving coral reefs.

Ms Toft first met David Hannan when she bought his video, Coral Sea Dreaming.

David’s works have been featured on the BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

Shortly after their first meeting, David started collecting Kim’s silk illustrations featured in her award-winning children’s books.

Twenty years later and they have produced the book Coral Sea Dreaming: The Picture Book.

David and Kim share the belief that education is the key to the future of oceans and longevity of coral reefs around the world.

“The reef at night is teaming with energy and wildlife, all working together to create an amazing underwater masterpiece,” Kim said.

“However, coral reefs around the world are critically endangered.”

The book is aimed at pre-school to primary-age children. This is Kim’s 11th book, and is the product of her “life-long love of the ocean, my fascination with the incredible beauty and diversity of coral reefs and my admiration of David Hannan’s stunning underwater cinematography”.

All the illustrations in the book are hand-painted onto silk.

David has produced a series of two-minute videos of all the creatures in the book, which is available online at Ocean Channel.

The book will be launched at 2pm on July 22 in the Fenwick Room in the Ramada Hotel and Suites, Martin St, Ballina.

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