Last summer, we introduced you to Henna Artist, Margie Nugent. Nugent, an artist by trade, engages in the age-old tradition of Henna. But, she does not stop there. She is also the owner of Making Faces Parties, a whimsical business that delights children (both young and old!). Margie’s canvas is skin. She is a talented Henna Artist, Face Painter, and Body Artist. She can transform skin into anything…an outfit of clothing, an abstract painting, or virtually any animal in creation. But…Nugent’s greatest transformation has been in her own life, and in what she does to aid victims of Domestic Violence.
In January, 2012, A Verizon Wireless Domestic Violence Entrepreneurship Grant was awarded to Margie Nugent. The grant provides funding to entrepreneurs in New York State who have escaped the cycle of violence and who have gone on to launch small businesses. Recognizing that survivors have “a strong incentive to be self-sufficient and violence-free” and that a successful “home or small business can bring women increased control over their working lives,” the program provides grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to help women help themselves through business start-ups. The grants are designed to create important financial and social opportunities for these women entrepreneurs, helping them ensure long-term safety and stability,
Making Faces Parties started when Nugent was trying to figure out how to support herself and her children after leaving her abuser and rebuilding her life in a new city. Receiving no child support and unable to continue her career as a jewelry designer in NYC, she taught herself computers and took administrative office jobs for a steady paycheck. Still unable to make ends meet, she answered an ad on Craigslist for a part-time job painting faces at children’s parties. Three years later she has turned her love of working with people, her artistic talents, and tenacious spirit into a thriving small business, specializing in face and body painting and party crafts.
She credits being a recent graduate of the 15 week Women’s Enterprise Develepment Program in White Plains for preparing her to create a professional business plan and grant proposal to submit to Verizon Wireless. She is also grateful for the recommendation and continued support from Hope’s Door, a center for Domestic Violence located in Westchester County, where she herself received services 13 years ago. “It is such an honor to be an example to other survivors, to show them that there is life after domestic violence,” says Nugent. “Winning this grant supports my dream to be a successful business owner and gives me the opportunity to inspire other women.” Nugent plans to use this grant to purchase equipment to expand the services her company offers and develop professional workshops and products for other artists in her industry.
Making Faces Parties transforms kids and adults through body painting, glittery tattoos, and exotic henna, providing memories that last a lifetime. Nugent has had her work featured in magazines, TV and movies. As an empowered survivor of domestic violence, she has been a advocate for other survivors and has dedicated her art and efforts to raise awareness and funding for domestic violence programs. For more information about her company or to book an event you can reach Ms. Nugent at (914)714-8069 or through her website www.makingfacesparties.com