MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) — Sandhi Schimmel Gold’s paper cutter squeaks and squeals as she pulls down the handle over and over again.
In her art studio, she is busy cutting and creating with materials most people toss.
“I am a junk mail artist,” she chuckles.
Art has been in Sandhi’s blood since birth; her dad was a handbag designer while her mother was a painter and jewelry designed.
“One day my parents came over, brought me a paper cutter, a box of old greeting cards and said, ‘Can you use this?’ And then it was the eureka! Like, hmmm?”
Fifteen years later, Sandhi is still in action with a rainbow of unconventional inspiration.
“You’ll find stuff from Gold’s Gym because they do a lot with yellow and blue,” Sandhi sorts through a box of colorful cardboard squares.
Many of Sandhi’s commissioned works utilize cherished keepsakes.
“They know that it’s there, no one else needs to know,” she explains the gift she gives to the recipient. “It’s very personal.”
Sandhi quit her corporate job to explore this career full-time. She always enjoys seeing how people react to her art from far away and then up close when they realize exactly what it is.