‘The Unicorn Returns’ scrolling story panorama or ‘crankie’, from Joanna Hruby [#1]

First up, we have the most exquisite handmade scrolling story panorama or crankie made by folk artist, puppeteer and maker of olden storied crafts Joanna Hruby (who also appeared in our Hedgespoken film as the deer!). The Unicorn Returns is a moving panorama (otherwise known as a ‘crankie’) – a hand-cranked picture performance within a cassette box! Inspired by the mysterious, 15th Century Unicorn Tapestries and Peter Beagle’s cult novel, The Last Unicorn, this animated box uses early cinema techniques to take the user through an ancient forest in search of the fabled unicorn. Featuring high quality digital prints of original watercolour-painted scenery, this is animation at its simplest, and perhaps most enchanting. Turn the handle to let the journey begin… A rare, one-off, handmade creation of wonder, this.

the unicorn returns crankie - jo hruby

the unicorn returns crankie 2 - jo hruby
Bidding will start at £30.

Auction time: Tuesday 25th November 7.30pm (GMT)

Note: Bids are made by posting your bid in £ in the comments below. If you need to refer to the Hedgehammer guide (how it all works, bidding and so on) you can find it here. And remember – all of these auctions are raising funds for Hedgespoken so that we can offer workshops and courses and events across Britain and beyond. Have a look here to find out more about our plans!

Thank you for bidding and thanks again to Joanne for donating this!

41 thoughts on “‘The Unicorn Returns’ scrolling story panorama or ‘crankie’, from Joanna Hruby [#1]

    1. That’s great, Julian, thank you! I’ll send you the details for getting your item! Thank you so much for taking part!

      And thanks again to everyone who took part in this auction and especially big thanks to Joanna for donating The Unicorn Returns!

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