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Cath Thomas received the gift of beading from her mother's friend and multi-talented art therapist Berthy Bijlard at age 14. However, she immersed herself in beadweaving only in 2004 after seeing beadwork made by artists for that year's Bead Dreams Contest.
Beadworking is first and foremost a way of relaxing for her and an outlet for her slumbering imagination. There is nothing better after a long day stuck in front of a computer at work than to sit down with these small glass products and to create whatever we want.
She comes from Desná, from an area of glassmaking and textiles and has been involved in handcrafts since her childhood. She graduated in glass technology in Železný Brod and non-woven textiles and nanomaterials at the Technical University in Liberec, so her studies were in technical fields. She began bobbin lace making at the age of 12, initially under the guidance of her mother and then later under the leadership of Jana Kneysová and Věra Holomečková.