In spring 2016, the spark to start this publication was lit. We wondered: Why not invite a group of courageous, talented, and diverse women working in the arts—some we knew, others we simply admired—to make something together? Little did we know just how far our vast constellation of women would stretch once we sent this spark into the universe.
Constellation celebrates both emerging and established female-identifying creators from across the globe. While we’ve rooted this first issue in five cities—New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Tokyo—you will also encounter women originally hailing from Scotland, Australia, Saudi Arabia, San Antonio, Texas, and countless places in between.
As you explore Issue One, some of you might even find future collaborators in the process. We encourage you to reach out to anyone whose work, words, or images inspire you (as we did to create this very publication)!
In the weeks ahead—as we all do our best to survive and thrive in these strange, often unsettling times—we hope that Constellation will serve as a vibrant reminder of the incredibly rich and innovative work that women across continents are making and sharing at this moment in history. Now, more than ever, we need bold women like the ones showcased here to create in the face of fear and uncertainty; to tell their stories as only they can tell them; to educate, empathize, and empower one another; to fight for their worth; and to find freedom and joy through art’s power and potential. After all, as our cover star, Scottish actress Freya Mavor, reminds us, failure comes with the territory when you’re fearlessly creating. The key is to learn from and embrace it as part of an ever-evolving process.
Thank you to everyone who took a chance on this project. Shining stars, all of you.
Jaclyn Bethany, Founding Editor / Creative Director
Olivia L. Aylmer, Founding Editor / Editorial Director
Suze Myers, Designer / Art Director
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From The Get Down to Anastasia on Broadway, these young actresses are lighting up both screen and stage. Shot by Rebekah Campbell.
Zayira Ray photographed Bianca and Katherine, both first-year MFA acting students at the prestigious Juilliard School
Anna offers us a glimpse into her life as a student at the prestigious Yale School of Drama
Meet Lida Fox, the founder of Film Hooligans: a collective of behind-the-scenes, diaristic photography taken by contributors across the globe.
From The Fits to The Diary of A Teenage Girl, meet the women who helped bring to life some of the most strikingly honest portrayals of contemporary girlhood in recent years. Shot by Jacqueline Harriet.
From a jewelry designer who doubles as a documentary filmmaker to the founder of a musical time machine with plans to start a community vegetable garden, meet a group of women whose talents cannot be contained within a singular medium. Shot by Kristin Vicari.
This vibrant mix of emerging actresses, directors, and musicians discuss the persistent problem of gender inequality in the arts, advice they would give to their younger selves, and their professional dreams for 2017. Shot by Stephanie Lou.
If we could concoct a must-read syllabus, these four titles—with their powerful female protagonists who radiate equal parts vulnerability and strength, as created by their equally powerful authors—would make the cut.
English poet, model, and filmmaker, Greta Bellamacina, hand-selected six women who let their imaginations run wild in their work: from poet Scarlett Sabet to award-winning actress Sophie Kennedy Clark. Shot by Jessie Lily Adams.
“We need to play the roles, write parts, sing the songs, direct the films, and take the photographs that aren't traditionally expected of women. We need to show the world how capable we are.” -Emma Appleton
Shot by Chloe Sheppard. Styled by Hannah Sheen.
“I think it is especially important in these uncertain times for all women to use their voices and to stand up not only for themselves, but for those around the world who are still unable to do so.” —Immy Waterhouse
Shot by Rosaline Shahnavaz. Styled by Hannah Sheen.
Meet five actresses—including our cover star, Freya Mavor—carving out their places as artists in today’s industry while also finding a balance between commercial and passion projects. Shot by Mafalda Silva. Styled by Hannah Sheen.
Meet the women behind Constellation co-editor Jaclyn Bethany’s haunting short film, Sunday Tide
Meet a group of intellectually fierce women making waves in the London theater scene and beyond.
From Birdman’s Andrea Riseborough to Chewing Gum’s Susan Wokoma, these London multi-talents show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Ella Viscardi, co-founder (with Helen Shaper) of Matter of Hand, visits Fay Ray’s studio to discuss L.A.’s influence on her practice and her fascination with femininity.
Meet 14 L.A.-based women whose directing, acting, and songwriting talents are lighting up the West Coast. Shot by Grace Pickering.
“I’m inspired by women and their bodies, flowers and plants, and sometimes, Harry Potter.”
The musician discusses California choosing her, making art during oppressive political moments, and her debut EP
Louise Parker shares a preview of her photographs, which offer a diaristic look into the fashion world, to be published in her forthcoming first book
Shot by Rosaline Shahnavaz.
“Although our conversations were mostly reduced to smiles and hand gestures, we shared a special exchange in the process of photographing one another.” Shot by Rosaline Shahnavaz.