The dKol la femme Project
where vulnerability meets liberation

the rx

 

the RX

We support tough topics. Dark and light can't exist without one another and we're believers that it is because of those dark times that we find parts of ourselves and strengths we didn't know we had. The dKol la femme Project came to existence because we want to make a difference in our community, we want to help heal, we want to create and foster a restorative community of support, and we want to do this by using our love for art to give voice to stories that need to be heard. Here you will be given a platform to share your inner soul. Through photography, videography, the written word, and a community of support, you will be heard!

How can a person heal through their participation?

Have you heard of therapeutic art? This is art that involves the use of creative techniques to help foster expression of feelings. More specifically, therapeutic photography refers to the use of photographic practices with the intended goal of producing a positive change in individuals, couples, families, etc., as well as to improving well-being, reducing social exclusion, and creating positive change in larger communities.  

What does participation mean?

Do you have a cause, or another not-for-profit that is near to your heart? Maybe, you know someone who’s been affected by an event, someone who struggles with mental illness, or someone who battles with self-hate, insecurities, or the impacts of abuse. Or maybe this someone is you.

At The dKol la femme Project, we ask you to choose your reason for your interest in participation. Think of the person above who is struggling – whose story you want to be told. Through our network, and yours, we will work together to raise money to tell this story and to support the larger community. A portion of the proceeds donated for each specific project will go to a related not-for-profit of choice! In helping yourself (or a loved one) to heal through therapeutic art, you are also helping support a greater community of people with similar stories.

Nominating Others Or Telling Your Own Story

We want to make it clear that the individual that is participating in our multimedia therapeutic storytelling process can be you, or it can be a loved one, friend, colleague, acquaintance you nominate that you feel would benefit from this process.

The Storytelling Process

Share. Heal. Reflect.

The participant will sit with the team in a storytelling experience that will be documented photographically, with a written story, and with short video (optional).

la femme recognizes and respects that not all stories are ready to be shared. Through anonymity may the community of those that find difficulty in fully sharing their story be respected. Whether you wish for your story to be shared anonymously or not, your story will be given the utmost care.

Together we will raise awareness, raise proceeds, and tell a story to allow for members of these communities to begin to heal in a new therapeutic way.

…you are free. Free to express everything you’ve ever wanted to say, to be everything that you’ve ever wanted to be. You choose how people see you, you define what and who you are. The fear is finally gone now, and you can breathe in the relief of freeing yourself from labels. You are now the generalized you; the you that is not defined by any single element or physical embodiment of yourself. But instead, you are the spiritual you that personifies everything you’ve always felt inside of you gelled together to form one solid mass. Now open your eyes {unspecified} and tell the world who you are.” -Anonymous

 
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featured stories

 
 
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anonymous

You are so used to being identified and known for what or who they think you “are”… are you your job, are you your disease, are you your abuse, are you your anxiety, your gender, your body, your looks? Your answer to this question doesn’t matter because really, you are what they choose to define you as today, likely to be different tomorrow. But, you know that you are not defined by what you do, or how you look, or any one single thing that builds the package that is you. The pressure of creating definitions, and attempting to fit pieces of you into varying small little boxes feels like too much to handle. You’re left standing there holding pieces of yourself that have no place wondering where these “you’s” belong.

 
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 abuse and bulimia 

From a young age, Ashley saw the challenges and darkness that life can bring. She saw instability, fighting, sickness, alcoholism, death, physical-mental-sexual abuse at the hands of someone she should have been able to trust, and discomfort in her own house; and soon her own skin. She felt like she had no control of her life, no opinion, and nothing was her own. So – she did something, something that could be her own, something that she could regulate, and something that she now wishes she could go back and reverse; knowing what she knows now. 

 
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this is my body

The sad truth is I can remember back to when I was a kid and I can remember thinking that I was too fat. Kids shouldn’t even know what the word fat means, but unfortunately, especially for girls, it is overwhelmingly all around us from such a brutally young age. My parents, since the day I was born, have tried their hardest to ingrain in my mind that I am beautiful, as is my body, and my soul, yet I could never believe them. I am surrounded by positive people telling me “I am crazy” for thinking of myself in this way, and that I am beautiful, yet it means nothing to me if I myself can’t see it.