Last saturday I was together with my daughter at the IRL meetup of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party in Brussels. We drew, ate and socialized from 10 in the morning till almost 9 in the evening; it was great to meet again the JKPP members I already met in Oxford half a year ago, and to meet JKPP members I didn’t meet before. And, last but not least, to meet Julia Kay herself, who is giggling about being a ‘famous’ person now. These are two drawings I made this weekend, they are Maureen and the host Jean.
Because she didn’t like the results, my daughter didn’t want me to draw her last year. I don’t know what changed her mind, but this summer she posed a few times for me.
It is 45 years ago that Margaret Sanger died. She was an American sex educator, nurse and birth control activist. She introduced suffragist and philanthropist Katharine Dexter McCormick to reproductive physiologist Gregory Pincus. McCormick provided a vast funding so Pincus could dramatically expand and accelerate his research to the oral contraceptive pill (‘the pill’). The first contraceptive trials in women were conducted in 1956.