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and Silkim Books.

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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.

Click here for current Itinerary of School Visits.

Latest News

 

Wilderness Award Shortlist 2018

Posted on June 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

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Coral Sea Dreaming Book Launch – Lennox Wave

Posted on June 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.

 

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Courier Mail story on Kim

Posted on May 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

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Artists For Conservation Septemeber 2016 Vancouver Canada

Posted on June 10th, 2016

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So honoured and proud to exhibit my work alongside some of the world’s most famous wildlife artists including Robert Bateman , Guy Coheleach and Chris Maynard. I had a fabulous time and then holidayed with my daughter for 3 weeks. I also made the calendar with this piece , Coral Sea Dreaming.

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Young Fan Enjoying I Can Swim A Rainbow

Posted on May 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.

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Release of New Book

Posted on May 6th, 2015

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The official launch of Kim’s latest book ‘I Can Swim a Rainbow‘ will be held 2pm Saturday 13th June on the lawn at Ramada Ballina at 2 Martin Street Ballina NSW.

We are very pleased to announce that Ballina Public School Choir will perform the song from the book at the launch.

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Hong Kong Visit

Posted on April 6th, 2015

A few images of Kim’s recent visit to Hong Kong to pre-launch her latest book ‘I Can Swim a Rainbow’.

 

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School Visits 2015

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

FEBRUARY 2015

  • 19th
    Romancing The Stars : State Library of QLD, Brisbane. QLD

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MARCH 2015

  • 2nd – 6th
    6th German Swiss International School, Hong Kong
  • 9th – 11th
    The Peak School, Hong Kong
  • 12th – 13th
    Canadian School, Hong Kong
  • 16th
    Ashmore State School, Gold Coast, QLD

MAY 2015

  • 4th
    The Southport School, Gold Coast, QLD
  • 14th – 3oth
    Canada and New York

AUGUST 2015

  • 22nd
    Logan Library, Logan QLD
  • 24th – 26th
    Mackay Schools including Andergrove, Bucasia and Northview State Schools, QLD
  • 27th
    John Paul College, Daisy Hill QLD
  • 28th
    St John Vianny’s School, Manly Brisbane QLD

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
Where?
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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Kim’s Books selected for ‘PNG Read Project’

Posted on June 3rd, 2013

A Sea of WordsTwo of Kim’s children’s books, “Tick Tock What’s Up Croc?” and “A Sea of Words” were selected by Papua New Guinea Education Department by The World Bank for the READ PNG Project.

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Kim Michelle Toft’s Illustrations Selected for Croatian Art Exhibition

Posted on June 16th, 2012

 Klovicevi Dvori Gallery has selected 6 of Kim Michelle Toft’s Illustrations from 3 of her books, and 1 original silk to be displayed in Zagreb, Croatia from the 5th of June-29th of July 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pop Up Gallery NOW OPEN

Posted on May 31st, 2012

vPop Up Gallery River Street BallinaExciting news I have opened a pop up gallery with 3 very talented glass artists , Arnie Gautsch , Trudy Gautsch and Jaqueline King. We are at the River Street end of Wigmore Arcade , right in the middle Ballina .                                                                                            

Open 5 days a week , 10am -5pm week days and 10-1 on Saturday . Closed Sunday and MondayHope to see you there. Kim Michelle Toft x

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Silk Painting Workshop

Posted on January 8th, 2012

Create your own silk painting approx. 35 cm x 45 cm

SATURDAY Saturday June 22nd 2014

11am-3:30pm

Where : Sea Silks Gallery Shop 6 / 2 Martin Street Ballina NSW 2478 ( just next to the Ramada)

at work in my studio

at work in my studio

All materials supplied

$120 cash

Enquiries/ Reservations: Please call 04 3142 9092 or  email info@kimtoft.com.au

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National Exhibition and Launch – “Tick Tock Tick Tock What’s Up Croc?”

Posted on March 25th, 2010

National Exhibition and Launch

Tick Tock Tick Tock What’s Up Croc?

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Tick Tock Tick Tock What’s Up Croc? is about a day in the life of a salt water crocodile.
24th March 2011 – The Northern Territory Library, Darwin NT.
All the illustrations from the book will also be on exhibition.

book signing at NT Libaray

I will also be running school tour groups all enquiries to Kim Toft info@kimtoft.com.au

whats up croc poster

A croc hatchling visits the launch

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.

Option 1 DEMONSTRATION AND BOOK ACTIVITIES

Suitable: K- Year 7

Double Class Size: (approximately 60 children)

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

Content:

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.

Option 2 ONE BIG COLLABORATIVE PAINTING

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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.

Cost:

– $500 + GST

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

– Travel costs may apply

Option 3 INDIVIDUAL PAINTING

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

Cost:

– $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

info@kimtoft.com.au

Books for Sale

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

PRIVATE WORKSHOPS

Time: 12 noon – 4pm

Duration: 3 ½ – 4 hours

Where:

To be advised

When:

Once a month – July’s  workshop Saturday 11 July

Size:

Maximum 6 people

Cost:

$120 all materials provided

Outline:

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 – info@kimtoft.com.au

Itinerary of School Visits and Workshops for 2009

Posted on May 23rd, 2009

Below is a list of the Itinerary of Schools and Festivals visited by Kim Michelle Toft in 2009. The list will be updated as more detail comes to hand.

Kim Toft painting for children.

MAY

  • May 18-21WriteFest – Bundaberg Schools, Qld
  • May 25-28   Books North Fest, Townsville Schools, Qld

JUNE

  • June 1-2   Townsville Schools, Qld
  • June 4   Beechmont State School, Qld

JULY

  • July 14-17   Voices on the Coast, Mooloolabah, Qld
  • July 21-22   Fairholm College Toowoomba, Qld

AUGUST

  • Aug 3-4   Grand Avenue State School, Brisbane, Qld
  • Aug 6   Brisbane Central State School, Brisbane, Qld
  • Aug 12 – 13   Marlborough School, Rockhampton, Qld
  • Aug 19   Pottsville Beach Public School, Pottsville, NSW
  • Aug 24   St Joseph’s Public School, Glen Innes, NSW
  • Aug 25   St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Rochdale, Qld
  • Aug 26   John Paul College, Daisy Hill, Qld

SEPTEMBER

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  • Sept 3-4   Ipswich Literature Festival, Qld
  • Sept 10   Loganholm State School, Qld

OCTOBER

  • Oct 21-29   Kim will be in Victoria
  • Oct 27   Trafalgar Primary, Vic
  • Oct 28   Wellers Hill State School, Vic

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.

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.

Workshops
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.

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.

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