Paja at Hiedanranta

Paja is a historical building and community in Tampere’s Hiedanranta where you can find artisans and artists of different trades. You can buy products to take home with you, and most of the artists also have online shops.

The doors of Paja are open to the public even though not all operators may have established opening hours. Come and say hello – you can book an appointment in advance or step bravely in!

Paja at Hiedanranta’s Katutaso shop is open on Wednesdays at from 14:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays from 11:00 to 16:00.

Arriving at Hiedanranta

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Spaces for rent (Finnish)

Artists and artisans of Paja at Hiedanranta

Ateljee EW creates handmade unique footwear on the second floor. A distinctive result is achieved by combining the customer’s vision of their dream shoes, the shoemaker’s professional skills and changing up the surplus leather hides used. In addition to footwear, EW also offers a limited bag collection and small leather items. Photograph: Mika Toivanen

Ateljee EW

Humbugi uses recycled materials to create durable products made to last, on Paja’s second floor. Humbugi’s bags, jewellery and other accessories are made of clippings from other companies, such as upholstery shops. Photograph: Hanna Hietamäki

Humbugi Accessories

Katztudio, or the glassworks of Dylan and Greta Katz, creates hand-blown glass decorations and items without molds. For use, as decoration or trophies and awards. The glass blowing takes place in Paja’s Tehdaskartanontie end, on the first floor. Photograph: Henri Vogt


Mekes Design works leather into unique and colourful bags, purses, card cases and many other items on Paja’s second floor.

Mekes Design

Upholstery shop Tuija Jaakkonen’s business is furniture restoration and upholstery. The workshop handles everything from traditional sprung furniture to modern pieces, as well as the sewing of curtains and interior design textiles. The workshop is located on the second floor.

Upholstery shop Tuija Jaakkonen

Wide Eyewear makes 100% handmade and unique sunglasses of wood. Wooden frames can be made according to measurements, and customers can choose their favourite material from several different woods. Located on Paja’s second floor.

Wide Eyewear (IG)

Taidos Oy’s Pasi Salonen and Sanna-Kaisa Hongisto write and photograph for artists, organisations and the media. Products include artist statements, exhibition texts, art critique and presentation texts for websites. You can also order an ArtTasting event!

Taidos Oy

Other operators at Paja include artist Mara Balls, audio and video artist Juho Järvi, Spraycankontrol ry promoting urban art and Dumboe Media Company specialised in video and still photography.

Hiedanranta’s attractions include the Manor and its café as well as the park that has been restored to its original 19th century splendour. Explore the services and attractions of the area!

Things to see

Katutaso – shop and cultural venue

The community’s own multi-function space on Paja’s ground floor is easy to find and access. The edgy and atmospheric Katutaso serves as a shop and workshop location that sells a wide range of pieces and items by Paja’s artisans and artists. Welcome to explore!

Katutaso shop is open on Wednesdays from 14:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays from 11:00 to 16:00.

Katutaso is a former workshop that encompasses 90 square metres. The old forge, pulp press machine and other elements remind visitors of the factory area’s history. The shop is accessible by wheelchair, but the floor is uneven at places.

You can also rent Katutaso for your own cultural activities. For more information, please contact us at:

Paja’s artisans and artists and entrance