Happy MU year!

I vividly remember my first encounter with MU…. A year ago I walked towards Westquay to immerse myself in Christmas shopping. Surrounded on all sides by people heading in the same direction, high street bound. My eye was drawn to a beautifully lettered chalk...

Stay at where your spirit flows

What a coincidence I found Mutrend Lab and Sai, until today, I am still fascinated by that moment we met. Before I visited the Mutrend Lab, I have already followed its Instagram account for a while and been caught by its selection of goods and a sense of aesthetics....

Musings from a new Mu

Mu is just over a year old, but I am newer, having joined only last month after taking part in the Portland Street Exchange. My role? Hard to define precisely, but bits of curating, making, workshop-facilitating, helping-with-funding. My thoughts? I was drawn by the...

One Fruitful Year with Mutrend and Mu Collective

I’m Darius one of the Mu Collectives. If you don’t know me, usually, I’m the one who wrote a lot of random stuff in this blog. Recently, Mutrend celebrate their first anniversary. In this opportunity, I will just write a very short story about how...

Madame Shannanigans x Mutrend Lab

Thank you for inviting me here Sai. Today I will introduce myself and my business along with shedding a little more light on Sai’s exciting new concept The Beehive Pop-Up, showcasing the talents and skills of local creators, artists and designers. First up: I am a...

What can I say about Portland Street Exchange?

Blessed by the sunshine and also the cold breeze of the autumn, I would say Portland Street Exchange was a success. Not to exaggerate, but Portland Street Exchange was a breath of fresh air for Southampton, only for 6 hours though. It was a community effort, forcing...

Celebrating Pride at MutrendLab

  The past 25th of August Southampton was celebrating the 2018 version of the Pride event. The city centre was transformed into a colourful scenario with people marching on the streets, and music could be heard everywhere, creating a joyful environment. As part...

It’s Not What It Looks Like: A Reflection

See you again next year, Summer! I’ve been living in the UK for three years now and I have to admit that summer this year was the warmest season that I’ve experienced here. For your information, I grew up in the tropical country and I was also struggling mentally...

Start “The Journey” from “The Journey”

Do you believe in the sustainable future? Do you want to live in a place where you can breath clean air? Do you know what small thing that you can do for achieving those goals? Here is an idea: you can start by planning on how you move around the city. If it’s still...

Collaboration: A Lesson from “Growth”

Saturday, May 5, 2018, we witnessed a set of inspirational figures delivering their mind-opening talks in TEDx Southampton. The theme was a simple yet a mind-provoking one, only one word, one syllable, and that is “growth”. A word that can be interpreted differently...

Where is home?

The word ‘home’ has recently started dancing in my head, it all started when the boundary between ‘home’ and ‘work’ becomes very blurry, rendered to be one.   Creating a homely environment is always a joyful project, it can be hard...

Tiny Memories from Home

Some postcards and letters. Dry leaves and stones. A sketch or a journal. A tiny bottle of perfume  or the picture of somebody that is not here anymore.  Is the old box of memories a forgotten habit? A box to be opened during a winter night, while you share a  story...

A personal message for the future of Mutrend Lab

Finally I’m grounded, and I like it. I would like to send a little update from this dot of the world, and hope to communicate my this moment of thoughts to anyone who may be receiving my message. The news is that I am opening a micro life lab, after a long 4...