Blotter Bracelet

“[B]lotting… accomplished without a waste of time by a mere ‘turn of the wrist’” (Burstein 192).

In 1946, Loy invented the “Blotter Bracelet,” a labor-saving device designed to enhance the domains of utility and fashion. The above sketch displays the date and location of the drawing as well as a notarization, indicating that Loy went through various means to certify, authenticate, and patent her work. She also writes that the “idea [was] entrusted to [her]” by her daughter, Fabienne Lloyd.

The bracelet consists of a C-shaped cuff attached to blotting paper, paper used for soaking up excess ink while writing. Blotting paper can also serve as a cosmetic aid that removes skin oils and makeup. With its dual function, this device brings “ornament to labor” and emphasizes an interesting relationship between decoration and work (Burstein 192). The blotter bracelet also reflects the growing social acceptance of the twentieth-century working woman — someone who would find this device particularly useful during the hustle and bustle of the workday.

What can the Blotter Bracelet tell us about Loy? Not only does its design speak to Loy’s fascination with style, but it also highlights her interest in creating aesthetically appealing items that are efficient and provide immediate benefits. The creation of the Blotter Bracelet also reflects the idea that functional fashion items are timeless. One can see a modern rendering of Loy’s Blotter Bracelet in the form of charging bracelets, lightweight and sleek accessories that are capable of charging your mobile device. The QBracelet does just this, offering various unisex bracelet options that merge technology and fashion in ways that aim to make life easier.

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