Former St. George librarian finds passion in laser art – St George News

ST. GEORGE —A former librarian once tied to her work embarked on a new chapter of expressive art that she now shares with the world.

Susan Taylor stands in her workshop with her laser art, St. George, Utah, June 15, 2022 | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

An artist in myriad forms, Susan Taylor said her artistic talents started at a young age when she took things apart and put them back together. As she got older, she fell in love with all kinds of crafts and was fascinated by the unique things she could create to express herself.

A librarian at Bloomington Elementary for 20 years, Taylor said the extensive school library lacked decor, giving it a very sterile look. That’s why she and her husband have taken it upon themselves to transform the library into different themes each summer, just in time for the new school year. They created many compelling themes over the years, such as an entire rainforest, a Harry Potter theme, and more.

“We just lived at the school, just decorating,” Taylor said. “And every year the kids just loved being there.”

Taylor said that while many books in the library were thrown out for various reasons, she couldn’t allow herself to throw them away. Instead, she chose to reuse these books with a creative, artistic twist. She transformed the abandoned books into various items such as tissue holders and handmade 3D book art. The book art is an intricate form of art, where she creates her own patterns, marks each page and then folds or cuts the pages by hand.

Book art by Susan Taylor has a custom design that stands out, location and date unspecified |  Photo Courtesy of Susan Taylor, St. George News
Book art by Susan Taylor has a custom design that stands out, location and date unspecified | Photo Courtesy of Susan Taylor, St. George News

“I just like to be creative and make things out of other things,” she said. “You know, putting things together and always keeping my hands busy.”

Taylor said she started seeing laser art creations in different places and was fascinated by both the process and the end result. After leaving her career as a librarian, she was excited to continue her artistic path and expand to try laser art herself.

Initially, she bought a small laser printer and when she realized the possibilities, she decided to work with it full-time. She invested in a 100-watt laser printer, which she now uses.

When she started her own company – Cactus Cuts Custom Creations – Taylor said she initially created her intricate designs from a spare room in her house. She and her husband had just turned a shed in their backyard into a fun getaway for her kids, complete with a king-size bed.

They decided to make the shelter bigger by adding another unused shed to the outer harbor. Ultimately, this setup resulted in the perfect “she-shed” and full-time workspace for all of her craft and laser creations.

Custom Laser Art by Susan Taylor Sitting on a Table, St. George, Utah, June 15, 2022 |  Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News
Custom Laser Art by Susan Taylor Sitting on a Table, St. George, Utah, June 15, 2022 | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George News

“When people ask what I do, the reality is that I just enjoy making things that make other people happy. So that’s what I do,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s laser art engraving includes 3D items such as purses, bags, home decor, book corners, dice, jewelry boxes, earrings, and more. In addition to the already unique designs, she also paints and stains her pieces by hand. With a love for all kinds of crafts, she also creates glue arts, vinyl designs, 3D art with cardboard, woodworking and more.

“I think that’s my problem, I start something and then start something new,” Taylor said. “I just want to do it all. Luckily I have a very patient husband.”

To learn more about Cactus Cuts Custom Creations and to commission a Susan Taylor artwork, you can find her at: facebook and Instagram† For a list of current laser items for sale through her online MoFACo store, click here

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