Dora the Donkey and Hitch the Seagull
This 6th Folksy Friday film captures a simple friendship that occurs in a little beach hut by the sea. Dora the Donkey Head and Hitch the Seagull while away the days to the sounds of ukulele and lapping waves, eating whatever comes their way. Fish, flowers, carrots, bugs or bunting, it’s all fair game. Keep a close eye on your chips… they’ll nab those next.
Watch it here or on YouTube…
About the Film
Like all the Folksy Friday animations, this film has been imagined and created by Leanne Warren to showcase the incredible pieces and handmade delights available on Folksy. Every piece featured in this stop-motion short has been made by a Folksy seller, and the additional animation has been done by another talented Folksy seller Yas Bowley, who this week took our logo and floated it out on to the sea.
Dora the Donkey was specially made for the animation by Juliet Ledson from Lavendonmade. She made Dora with wire added to ears and lower jaw to allow for some movement and a removable hat too. As well as delightful donkeys, Juliet has unicorns and llamas in her shop too – what’s not to love?
Hitch the Seagull was also made especially for our Folksy Friday Film by Elizabeth Norwood Clark from Big Bird Little Bird. He also has a twin brother called Starboard who stayed with Liz. While Hitch stars in the video, Starboard prefers to stand majestically and gaze out of the window, ruffling his feathers. Liz is based in Meopham in Kent, which isn’t too far from the Thames Estuary, so there are lots of other gulls for Hitch and Starboard to befriend – and as she points out “the seagulls do love it here, particularly when the farmers turn over a field!”
Michelle Corbin made the Beach Hut Bunting is a bespoke stripy blue colourway to fit the film’s beachside hues, while the felt flower and fish (that both get munched) were created by Shirley Rainbow. The beach hut and seagull gift wrap which get turned into an origami bird and sailing boat are both by Jane Crick, and the butterflies and bees that can be spotted flying around are by Wubsys.
The arrangement of Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside is by Steven Warren – and you can now follow him and stream his marvellous Folksy Friday soundtracks on Spotify – click here to listen and subscribe on Spotify.
Faux taxidermy donkey head by Lavedonmade
Hitch the Seagull by Big Bird Little Bird
Beach Hut Bunting by Michelle Corbin Design
Felt Flower and Fish by Shirley Rainbow
Beach Hut & Seagull Gift Wrap by Jane Crick
Textile Butterflies and Bees by Wubsys
Juliet Ledson from Lavendonmade – https://folksy.com/shops/julietledson
Elizabeth Norwood Clark from Big Bird Little Bird – https://folksy.com/shops/BigBirdLittleBird
Michelle Corbin from Michelle Corbin Design – https://folksy.com/shops/corbindesigns
Teresa Bettelley from Shirley Rainbow – https://folksy.com/shops/ShirleyRainbow
Jane Crick from Jane Crick Designs – https://folksy.com/shops/janecrick
Aimey Puhl from Wubsys – https://folksy.com/shops/Wubsys
More about the makers
Read our Meet the Maker interview with Liz Norwood Clark from Big Bird Little Bird here – https://blog.folksy.com/2015/10/14/big-bird-little-bird-the-story-of-two-sisters-and-a-sewing-machine
Read our interview with Teresa Bettelley from Shirley Rainbow here – https://blog.folksy.com/2018/05/29/shirley-rainbow-embroidery-hoop-art
Read our interview with Jane Crick from Jane Crick Designs – https://blog.folksy.com/2017/07/11/jane-crick-graphic-designer
Learn how to make an appliqué embroidery hoop in this tutorial by Teresa from Shirley Rainbow here – https://blog.folksy.com/2017/09/28/embroidery-hoop-tutorial
Learn how to gift wrap like a pro in this tutorial by Jane Crick – https://blog.folksy.com/2017/12/14/christmas-gift-wrap-tutorial