Boogie Beads

About The Artist, Bridget Brister

I grew up in the Jemez Valley of northern New Mexico, on a small farm. My older sister  came to live with us when I was 9 years old, and she began teaching me to bead in the Athabascan traditions she had learned in Alaskan villages. One year later, I fell victim to the autoimmune disease Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is a painful arthritis that slowly fuses the sufferer's joints. I was undiagnosed for 11 years.  Since then, I've worked pushing cattle, keeping stables, training young horses, birthing foals, and farming, but my handicap has now limited me to "indoor" activities, so my love for beadwork has been given free rein. (It's pretty much a win-win situation - I love to bead, and now I get to stay home and try to get paid for it!) At present, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, Reynaud's Syndrome, Osteoporosis, Endometriosis, and other autoimmune disorders in addition to Ankylosing Spondylitis, and I'd like to raise awareness of all autoimmune conditions and cancers, both of which plague my family. Profits from the sale of "Kick AS" keychains goes to, a wonderful online community for sufferers of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
I now live and work with my wonderful husband, Cody, a firearms dealer who is also handicapped; our fantastic 2-year old daughter, Bailey; one horse; four cats; a duck; a chicken; and a Rhodesian Ridgeback on a small acreage in the East Mountain/Estancia Valley area of New Mexico.  Please visit Cody's website also at and visit our Facebook pages as well, Boogie Beads and Cash Firearms.