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Meet Carrie Chimenti of Chimenti Studios in Milwaukee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Chimenti.

Chimenti, a citizen of the USA and Italy began her sculpting career in Florence, Italy in 1996. Obtained a BFA in sculpture from Miami University in 1998 and an MFA in sculpture from American University, Italy. After completing her MFA, she worked for the world renowned sculptor Beverly Pepper in Todi, Italy.

In 2008 Chimenti completed a course from an Italian Plaster school, Safra, located in Venice, Italy. Soon after this Italian class she was doing plaster molding restoration with Orlandini Studios in Milwaukee, WI and continues to do her own restoration projects today. In 2009 she completed a Japanese plaster course and since then, has continued her studies across the USA and has completed contract work for various WI builders, as well as contract work for other artistic wall and Italian plaster finishing companies in the USA.

Chimenti has traveled to Florida, Ohio, Washington DC and New York City to complete Italian Plaster and decorative wall finishes for private home owners and commercial customers. She also painted and sculpted for Cost of Wisconsin, which is a themed construction company located in Jackson, WI where her works went to Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, Hotels, Theme Parks and Casinos to name a few.

While Chimenti specializes in Italian plaster walls with a specialty in Venetian plaster, she also does one of a kind artistic walls & ceilings which could be Italian waxes, decorative plasters, decorative painting, glass beads, mica, foils, gilding, stencils, faux finishing, low relief sculpted walls [or bas relief walls], and plaster molding restoration. Chimenti also refinishes furniture and cabinets and does specialty finishes on moldings.

Chimenti is also in her studio sculpting on personal, commissioned or charitable works while quoting/accepting projects for artistic walls & ceilings through Chimenti Studios.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
So far my journey on this road has been fairly smooth. The only struggle I find is myself. I am always worried my walls or ceilings will not be good enough for the client….will they like it?

What I am doing is an art form, so there is always that thought that the end client may not be happy. What if it is not exactly what they thought? I suppose I am a bit tough on myself.

I am not a perfectionist, but I want it to look great and want the client to be beyond happy.

I have as of yet, only had one to two jobs to re-do. That is pretty good for 10 years in this business!

Please tell us about Chimenti Studios.
I specialize in decorative wall finishes. My specialty is in Italian plasters, however I also do Italian metallic, waxes, glass beads, glass walls….there are so many types of decorative wall and ceiling finishes out there. It’s really amazing what can be done.

I suppose I am most proud of that I am still able to do this, I have a job lined up every month….and as an artisan that is a great thing. This is a luxury service and to be able to make it in this industry in itself makes me very proud. My specializing in Italian plaster as an Italian-American, who studied with an Italian school…I think sets me apart from other artisans.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from my childhood – that is tough as there are so many. But I did love my years of swimming competition. Being on a team sport and competing…which led me almost to College when I stopped competing finally and took up rowing [crew].

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2 Comments

  1. Julia carpenter

    June 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Carrie is an incredible talented compassionate artist who dedicated to her craft and bringing joy! Her work is exceptional and her heart is beautiful!

  2. Angela Fingard

    June 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Lovely write up of an incredible artist! Carrie’s art and creative ideas can make your dreams come true from luxury living to whimsical fun. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

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