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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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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 – ballinaadvocate.com.au)

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.

New Book Due for release July 2017

Posted on June 28th, 2017

Coral Sea Dreaming

Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch and Exhibition

Posted on June 28th, 2017

COral Sea Dreaming invite

Coral Sea Dreaming : The Picture Book by Kim Michelle Toft   

The Library is pleased to host this wonderful exhibition of silk originals and limited edition prints from Kim’s new book Coral Sea Dreaming: The Picture Book.  Kim has collaborated with internationally renowned underwater cinematographer, David Hannan to produce this stunning childrens’ book.

The exhibition will show in the SCU Library, Gallery Space, Lismore Campus from 3 – 16 July with a presentation from the artist on Thursday 13 July at 3.00 pm.

Kim Michelle Toft first met David Hannan when she bought his classic video Coral Sea Dreaming and shortly after that, David started collecting Kim’s silk illustrations featured in her award-winning children’s books. Twenty years later and they have produced a stunning new book together Coral Sea Dreaming : The Picture Book.

All the illustrations in the book are hand painted onto silk, each measuring 140cm x 100cm.

CD Launch December 2016 – I Can Swim A Rainbow.

Posted on November 10th, 2016

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CD Launch December 2016

Everyone is invited ,especially children, to the launch of the CD , I Can Swim A Rainbow.

Saturday 10th December at 1pm – 3pm

The Fenwick Room at The Ramada 2 Martin Street Ballina NSW .

The ‘amazing’ Lisa Hunt will be performing the song.

A special performance by the Ballina Public School Choir.

Click here to download the invite

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Buy I Can Swim A Rainbow online now, in either a Book and CD Bundle, or both separately.

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Young Fan Enjoying I Can Swim A Rainbow

Posted on November 10th, 2016

young-fanA happy Auntie sent me this picture of her nephew enjoying my latest book I Can Swim A Rainbow.

The Cd will be launched On Saturday 10th December at 1pm – 3pm

The Fenwick Room at The Ramada 2 Martin Street Ballina NSW .

The ‘amazing’ Lisa Hunt will be performing the song.

Southern Cross Uni Display October 2016

Posted on October 10th, 2016

2016-10-27-14-54-05It has been fantastic to display my work and books at Southern Cross Uni’s Learning Centre. I gave a presentation and workshop on Thursday 27th October and sold out of books! It will remain at the Uni for 3 weeks and will finish on Monday 7th November.

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