For her most recent project, Women of Change, Bethany ensured that the production was socially- conscious too, working with LCF’s Making for Change initiative, in which female offenders from HMP Downview women’s prison are trained to be industrial-level machinists. Once released, they are then put in touch with figures in the industry so that they can find employment. “It was a collection about men buying clothes made by some of the most marginalised women in society,” she says. “When they buy the clothes they’re donating back to the organisation.”
Bethany plans on continuing to work with the Making For Change initiative for her next project too, one that is still in the early stages of inception. “I’ve just started working with the Quaker mobile library that travels around different homeless shelters in London,” she says. “They’re a mobile library for people who don’t have a registered address and therefore can’t take a book out of the library. This is a service that allows them to rent out a book.
“I see every project as a response to the charity, so I’m still logistically working out what we can do together and what’s beneficial to them before settling on a final idea. It can be a scary way to work, as I don’t always know how it’s going to turn out, but I just think that we’re the generation that has to make the change.”
See more of Bethany Williams’ work at bethany-williams.com.