A graduate of the University of Regina’s Arts Education program, Maria taught art to middle years students for two years before deciding to start her own business of creating things with her sister-in-law, Cecelia Enns-Schulz. New Leaf Handmade Goods, though currently not selling online, has been in business since March 2010 and sells items through the Grasslands Gallery in Val Marie and the SaskMade Marketplace in Saskatoon. More information can be found on the website www.newleafhandmade.com.
Maria loves to create practical and beautiful products like notebooks and pillow covers, but also enjoys creating artwork using fabric, paper and mixed media. She also sells her photography prints that reflect the unexpected and often subtle beauty of the prairies surrounding her home. Maria currently lives on a farm near Herbert amidst wild rolling hills and finds inspiration for her works in this windy prairie land. She is continually amazed at the inconspicuous beauty that hides in the pastures and along the gravel roads.
Maria Enns likes to think that the materials she uses to create her products are turning over a new leaf. Most of the paper, fabrics, etc. are post-consumer materials: fabric discovered in thrift shops, parts of greeting cards received in the mail, stationary her grandpa found at a garage sale. It’s important to her that what she creates doesn’t require a whole lot of newly manufactured parts. There’s personality, and surely a few stories, attached to her materials. She makes her goods in anticipation of bringing beauty into lives of others and allowing those stories to continue.