The project Find a Way to Hug, or FWH for short is a personal project that tries to think about the influence of the mother-daughter relationship on the author's growth. The author's relationship with her mother changed dramatically after she came to the United States from China, prompting a re-examination of this relationship and inspiring this project. The author tries to tell a story of a mother and daughter looking for the possibility of understanding, forgiveness, and moving forward after going through various situations through multidisciplinary design. She presents this story of personal experiences and reflections in the form of board games, trying to share this growth experience with players. The author also expresses a part of her personal experience and understanding of her mother-daughter relationship through handicrafts, completing the installation "Ahnum." In the exhibition of the work, she also used the method of investigation to try to understand the diverse mother-daughter relationship of audiences. The project's goal is to reconstruct the author's lived experience with her mother through a process of design and reflection. In the process of exploring the form and medium of storytelling, multi-angle thinking and experimenting with various design methods have expanded the author's understanding of the mother-daughter relationship and visual design.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Board games--Design; Installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Mothers in art

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Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Adam Smith

Advisor/Committee Member

Mike Strobert


RIT – Main Campus

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