Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities


Margaret Irene Baczewski
Tucson, Arizona, USA


People with mental illness are widely misunderstood by others. For my senior thesis project at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design, I created a series of four wearable objects that served as cathartic aids to different psychological disorders. For every piece, I did extensive research on the disorder and how it affects the life of the person with the disease and those around them. By imagining myself in their shoes, I created wearable objects that could potentially comfort a patient’s major symptoms. The causes of psychological disorders are mainly speculative and are not visible like a germ or a tumor. This invisibility is one of the barriers preventing others from seeing psychological disorders as real diseases. Those who struggle daily with life seem fragile but are actually much stronger than they appear. My hope was to make that inner strength seen and appreciated by others through these bold wearable objects.



Double Depression Double Depression
Double depression: thoughts of suicide
Margaret Irene Baczewski
Bronze, stethoscope, fur, locks of hair from loved ones, rubber, epoxy resin
Wearable object

Generalized anxiety disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder: fear of public places
Margaret Irene Baczewski
Brass, nickel-silver, soil from home, blanket, epoxy resin
Wearable object

Obsessive compulsive Trichotrillomaina
Obsessive compulsive disorder: pressure symmetry
Margaret Irene Baczewski
Copper, nickel-silver, weights, soap, rubber, suede
Wearable object
Trichotrillomania: hair pulling
Margaret Irene Baczewski
Copper, nickel-silver, lock of hair, feathers,epoxy resin, steel wire
Wearable object





MARGARET IRENE BACZEWSKI was born and raised in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design where she earned a BFA in spatial art with an emphasis in metalworking.


Highlighted in Frontispiece Fall 2011 – Volume 3, Issue 3
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