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Google doodle celebrates 116th birthday of Altina Schinasi, Designer of Harlequin cat-eye glasses

Today Google is appearing with a special doodle. In fact, today is the birthday of Altyn Shinasi, the designer of cat-eye frames and the American designer who revolutionized the glasses market. She identified her talent from a very young age but her life took a U-turn when she started her career as a window dresser in an eyeglass shop.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Google has become an important part of our everyday life, if we want to get any information, then we directly google it. However, sometimes this Google looks quite different and attractive, it is called Google Doodle.

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Actually, to honor a famous person, Google makes a special doodle on his birthday or death anniversary. Even today the Google search engine is seen in a different avatar. Google is celebrating the birthday of American artist, designer and inventor Altina Shinasi today.

In such a situation, the question comes in the mind of the people that after all who is this woman and for what she has been given a special wish by Google.

She is also credited with designing the Harlequin cat-eye glasses in the 1940s. Harlequin cat-eye glasses are a type of eyewear that is characterized by its large, almond-shaped frames with upturned tips. She was inspired by Venetian masquerade masks, and her glasses were characterized by their large, almond-shaped frames and upturned tips.

Schinasi’s art work was characterized by its bold colours, geometric patterns, and abstract forms. She was a master of using colour and texture to create visually striking and dynamic designs. Her work was influenced by a variety of sources, including Native American art, African art, and Modernist art.

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Schinasi’s work was highly influential, and she is considered to be one of the most important textile designers of the 20th century. Her work continues to be admired and collected by museums and private collectors around the world.

About Altina Schinasi
She was born in New York City on January 18, 1922. Her father, Samuel Schinasi, was a painter and printmaker, and her mother, Lucia Schinasi, was a textile designer. She studied at the Art Students League of New York with Hans Hofmann and Morris Kantor.

She was a founding member of the Textile Arts Club of New York. She was a recipient of the American Crafts Council’s Gold Medal. She was a professor of ceramics at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a member of the National Academy of Design. She died in Berkeley, California on February 14, 2004. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
She was a pioneer in the field of textile design, and her work is still admired today.

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