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TitleOde to MadelineDesigned byAdapted from a painting by Madeline Yale WynneHooked bySuzanne FlyntInspirationMadeline Yale Wynne's "Garden of Hearts"Dimensions27.5" x 33"Materialswool, silk, and cotton on linenCuts6, 7, 8Start to Finish2023Share

Ode to Madeline

“Ode to Madeline” is inspired by the remarkable Madeline Yale Wynne and her 1903 “Garden of Hearts” bride’s chest.  A leader in the Arts and Crafts movement, Wynne (1847-1918) was an artist, writer, metalworker, and furniture maker who spent most of her life in Deerfield, MA, and Chicago.

Painted on the inside of the lid is a picturesque landscape with a meandering river and inverted heart-shaped trees and rabbits, elements which I adapted for this rug. 

After spending more than 25 years trying to find this chest, which spent more than 100 years in England and South America, through serendipity and persistence, Madeline Wynne’s extraordinary Arts and Crafts period chest is now in the collections of Historic Deerfield, Inc., Deerfield, MA. This rug was exhibited at Sauder Village and Historic Deerfield, Inc. in 2023.

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About the Artist

My beloved grandmother, Constance Gilbert Clark (1903-1976), hooked and braided all the rugs in her home. Finding one of her unfinished rugs and her tools after she died, I gathered them with the idea of finishing her rug.  

Fast forward 41 years to when I retired after 35 years as Curator of Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA.  I decided to attempt once again to finish Gramma’s rug. Forty-two years later, after joining the congenial Brattleboro Rug Social Hookers, I finally finished it in 2018.

I’ve been hooked ever since. Not needing to cover the floors for warmth like my grandmother did, my current interest is exploring various materials (wool, silk, cotton, and paint) and fiber arts (combining hooking and quilting) to create hooked art to hang on the wall. 

I like hand-dyeing my wool, creating series, hooking randomly, and when possible, recycling old fabrics.