About Mia Kanazawa

Welcome to KANAZAWA! For the past 15 years I have enjoyed and been challenged by transforming wool into handfelted sculptures. Felting is an ancient process of creating textiles. It wonderfully utilizes the unique properties of the wool fiber. With the addition of water, pressure and agitation, a tangled mass is created which can be sculpted into a myriad of fanciful shapes.

I started out as a modern dancer, and movement still informs all my work. I am interested in the labor-intensive transformative process of making handmade felt, as well as making objects such as puppets which in turn someone else interacts with and brings to life. I have created work for galleries, museums, theatres, parades, and festivals in the United States and abroad.


Each of my puppets has a simplicy and elegance of line as well as an unique sense of character.and has been enjoyed by children, adults, teachers, therapists, and performers all over the world.
Handpuppets: Heron, Clownfish, elephant, Cardinal, Fox, Raven, Parrot, Kangaroo & roo, Dove
Fingerpuppets: Puffin, Puppy, Nesting bird, Kitty, Whale, Turtle, Snail, Fox, Penguin, assorted birds and cranes


I tend to work in series, so here are some of them:

  • Skin Series
  • Fetal Elephant Series
  • Buddha Series
  • Daruma Series
  • Public Art


For 20 years I have worked with designer Debby Lee Cohen and Mark Kindschi, building giant puppets for theater and public events:

  • Urban Bush Women
  • David Rousseve
  • Meredith Monk
  • New York's Greenwich Halloween Parade
  • HBO
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • PBS's Kratt's Creatures
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream


Every Year

  • Eliot Coleman's Vegetable Stand
    609 Weir Cove Road, Cape Rosier, Maine
    Mon - Sat 1 - 5

  • Common Ground Fair
    Unity, Maine
    Fri - Sun in September

  • Eli Phant
    253 Congress Street
    Portland, ME 04101

  • Island Artisans
    99 Main Street
    Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Fall 2010

  • 5th Annual Open Studio
    at Essentially Felt
    864 Pushaw Road
    Glenburn, Maine 04401
    Fri - Sat November 26-28, 11 - 4 pm

  • 11th Annual 10x8 Show
    Bay School, Blue Hill, Maine
    Saturday, December 11
    10 - 1 preview at 9:30

  • 4th Annual Aarhus Gallery Extravaganza
    Main Street, Belfast, Maine
    November 5 - December 24th


Mia Kanazawa
631 Weir Cove Road
Harborside, ME 04642
207/ 326-9065

Mia Kanazawa is an artist and dancer residing in Harborside, Maine.