Aung San Suu Kyi © Hannah E Morse

Aung San Suu Kyi

Hannah E Morse

Mims, Florida, USA

Artist Statement

Several years ago I read an article in which Aung San Suu Kyi described the role Buddhism played in sustaining her throughout her suffering/detainment resulting from her political views and actions. I was quite moved by this article and have created a fiber art quilt that demonstrates Aung San Suu Kyi emerging from the darkness of her captivity towards the freedom of an unlocked door. Note how the sallow faces progressively gain definition and strength as they move between the bars on the door. The name plate is emblazoned with Aung San Suu Kyi in deep red letters signifying the spilled blood of all those who fought for democracy and human rights.

A reclining Buddha rests against a blue sky and appears to be asleep–yet his golden energy empowers the emerging faces as they become stronger, more courageous, and maintain their locus of control and determination to overcome each and every obstacle!

At the bottom of the quilt, murky water gives birth to several beautiful lotus flowers. The petals are caressed by the Buddha’s golden energy; this energy renews our belief that each one of us can overcome adversity, blossom, and encourage others to overcome adversity and reach their greatest potential.

Woman’s Groundbreaking Accomplishment

In 2016, Aung San Suu Kyi became leader of Myanmar (Burma) after enduring years of imprisonment because of her non-violent struggle for democracy/human rights.


The majority of the quilt is drawn free hand. Additional techniques include the following: application using heat and bond, free motion stitching, hand stitching, modified silk petals, fabric paint, used dryer softening sheets, glue, and embroidery.


pen, pencil, fabric paints, heat and bond, commercial fabric, used dryer softening sheets, glue, thread

Photo courtesy Bob Jarvis

Kathy at Kathy’s Quilts in Titusville, Florida made the red colored letters Aung San Suu Kyi.