One of the most popular programs at weSPARK Cancer Support Center is our monthly jewelry making workshop facilitated by Holly Feneht. This meditative art form allows weSPARK guests to take the jewelry they make home with them! Be sure to check back next month or contact us for more information as to how you can sign up for this program. Keep reading to find out a little bit more about Holly and her Paramedical Body Art! Want to keep in touch with Holly? Find her on Instagram, Facebook and visit her website for more information on her practice and studio.
Tell us about your experience with weSPARK. What led you to our facility and how can your work help benefit individuals dealing with a cancer diagnosis in the Los Angeles area?
I was doing research on cancer services in the Los Angeles area for a family member that was going through breast cancer for the second time. While speaking with Nancy Allen about the amazing programs offered at weSPARK, we both saw a need for a jewelry making workshop. I really loved the idea of offering a class on jewelry making. I honestly believe that being creative and ‘getting your hands dirty’ has an amazingly positive effect on our outlook and energy and can be quite therapeutic. I have been facilitating weSPARK’s monthly jewelry workshops ever since.
Aside from teaching jewelry making, your passion is Paramedical Body Art. Can you tell us a bit more about this practice?
Paramedical Body Art is one of the best things that I could have dedicated my life to. As a traditional tattoo artist, I noticed a need for permanent nipple and areola tattooing for breast cancer survivors. I have a background in covering up scarring from C-sections, tummy tucks, and mastectomy scars. When the opportunity arose that I could dedicate my life to this practice, I was ecstatic. Usually the scarring is covered up by lace, flowers or guest’s choice. The most valuable thing is that my guests like the way they look after our session is over. I have a private studio that feels comforting and safe for anyone who would like to get work done.
What inspired you to become a paramedical tattoo artist?
I have had many family members and friends go through breast cancer and other life-changing battles. While I was working in my shop one day, a woman came in asking for help to cover up her mastectomy scars. She had already had some tattooing work done but I felt that the work could be improved. This is what inspired me to start doing research on this practice. After much work and dedication, I knew I had to open up a shop that would be dedicated solely to this kind of work because there is a great need for it.
You have your own shop in Santa Clarita called Gilded Lily Design that is dedicated to paramedical body art. Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I see myself still based in Santa Clarita but I have recently started to travel to better serve the community of women that I work with. I work with amazing doctors and plastic surgeons throughout Southern California and have hopes to build relationships across the nation, maybe even internationally. I love what I do and am very grateful to meet some of the strongest and most exceptional women.
How do you practice self-care?
Self-care is a tough one. I struggle to make time for myself but I try to squeeze in as much ‘me’ time as I can. I find that going on walks or doing something creative helps on so many levels with both mental and physical health.
What inspires you?
Life inspires me, from the little things like walking my dogs early in the morning to literally smelling the roses. Being able to talk with people inspires me most of all; they inspire me with their experiences, stories, and their aspirations. Being mindful that there are still positive things happening (big and small) in the world when it seems very chaotic, is a wonderful reminder to live life to the fullest! Also family and friends are a wonderful motivator and bring light to my life.
What is something people might not know about you?
I love to travel and scuba dive! I almost went to school for Art Therapy and would maybe one day love to go back to school.
weSPARK Cancer Support Center is located in Los Angeles and offers completely FREE programs, workshops, classes and individual therapies to cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. Remember to take a look at our monthly program schedule for more information about the services we offer.
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