Cath Thomas: Multiple award-winning beader and published designer, Cath started beading more than 10 years ago. She sees it as a Zen activity guided by the Universe, to create dimensional paintings or objects with big pixels. With a subtle minimalist approach, Cath often creates designs using creative game tactics and rules. She mixes off-loom beading, bead embroidery and mixed media elements resulting in little intricate delights, pieces which convey a feeling, sensation, emotion, or chant nature. Cath grew up in the Netherlands and Switzerland. She graduated with a foreign languages degree. Cath worked for an environmental NGO until due to fibromyalgia she became intolerant to direct natural and artificial light. She took all the photographs for this book without lamps or direct sunlight in her northeast exposed apartment in Gland, near beautiful Lake Geneva. Gerlinde Lenz: In 1988, Gerlinde invented how to make bead-woven models of Plato's 'ideal solids', along with numerous derivations thereof. 'Geometric Jewels' became the brand name for her jewelry based on these self-supporting beaded beads. In 2004, she invented Diamond Weave in response to a challenge. She has found other new weaves since then, but none as incredibly versatile as this one. Her approach to bead weaving is technical, usually led by the question: 'Can I?' This book is her dream come true, because now you can work and play with Diamond Weave too. From a German family of scientists and engineers, she was introduced to bead weaving as well as to Platonic solids in childhood. She studied Biology and Chemistry and worked as a technical assistant in scientific labs in Germany and Australia.