Toronto Public Library Pilgrimage of 100 Branches

Deer Park’s Improved Woolen Castle

In 2010, I received a very kind introductory e-mail from April Quan, the artist who created the woolen castle for Deer Park Library in 2000. While explaining the history of the piece, she told me that three pennants and a collection of small human figures had been plundered from the castle more than eight years ago. The fact that her delightful castle was mentioned in my blog post about Deer Park motivated Ms. Quan to restore the missing features and return the textile chateau to its original glory. It makes me very happy to think that my library blog played a role in the castle’s evolution!

In response to my query about the source of her inspiration to use wool, April replied: “The wool is recycled fabric from the big Goodwill store that used to be at Adelaide and Jarvis . . . (the store had) a perfect winter coat just waiting to be turned into stone. . . . The turrets and grass were skirts from the same store.”

For many years, April used her creative skills to make toys from natural materials to raise money for her children’s school.

Three Cheers for The Restored Woolen Castle!

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