Who’s Behind Our Bali Biodiversity Map’s Design?
Q&A with Meizal Rossi
We believe that when we have a strong enough desire to do good, the universe will conspire to make it happen – our Bali’s Biodiversity Map bandana is one great example.
When we started TRI, we wanted to make sure that our products would be produced ethically and with minimal negative impact on the environment. That’s why we chose to upcycle retired bedsheets from hotels and villas around Bali, instead of using new fabric that required precious water resources, pesticides, and carbon expense to ship. We want to turn something that’s forgotten and wasteful into something that’s meaningful for the Earth.
In the process, we also realize that the dye we use to print our bandanas are not friendly enough for the environment. That was when we started our search for natural dyes and finally met Sam, the founder of The Aid Kit. A couple weeks after that, we visited her natural dye production facility in a small village outside of Solo, Central Java. Spending time at the production site was a heart-warming experience.
This become a milestone for our journey towards producing harm-free bandanas. So, we wanted to make sure that the design of this special bandana should not only be appealing, but it should also have a meaningful message and educational value, especially about our Earth and its inhabitants. We came up with an idea to create a map of all native animals in Bali, from the already extinct Bali Tiger to the critically endangered Bali Starling bird.
We then thought, we need to collaborate with an artist who has the same passion as ours about nature to design this map. That’s when Meizal Rossi came into our lives. He was introduced to TRI by one of our team members at For Good. It was an instant connection. He’s a super talented artist, with a love for nature – especially the mountains, so he knew what he wanted to create for this project and this is what he came up with. Isn’t it beautiful?
We would like to take this moment to express our graTRItude (ha!) to Meizal and to let the world know a tiny bit more about this special human being. Here’s a quick Q&A session we did with Meizal about his design and aspirations about TRI, the nature, and the world.
Could you tell us a little bit more about who you are and what you do?
I’m a bit shy and a quiet person. I can be moody and unpredictable. Some people said that I can be too much of a perfectionist sometimes, well I guess it’s true :p But I’m also a multi-talented creative person. I currently work as a graphic designer in Jakarta and a social media influencer. However, I consider myself more as an artist, than a designer.
Visual arts, like graphic design, photography, videography and drawing have always been my passion. Recently, I have discovered one more thing that I am really keen to explore, which is writing or story telling.
I always want to live as an artist or creative director, and find Financial Freedom! On top of that, I also want to always give back to the community.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love visual design! On weekends or after office hours, I usually do photography, videography, and drawing. The outdoors is my inspiration (especially trekking in the mountains). I see trekking in the mountains as a fun sports activity. I also like taking pictures of the wild, nature, and landscapes. Isn’t is perfect? I can find inspiration by doing activities that I like.
One day, I realized that the views and the nature of the mountains, not only gives me happiness and a healthier spirit, but also gives me a place to accommodate my interests in arts. Therefore, I can express and share all of my feelings or opinions about the beauty and the importance of nature through photos, videos or other medias.
Why do you want to collaborate with TRI?
I always wanted to contribute something to nature. So, when TRI reached out to me, told me about their causes and how they want to raise awareness about forests protection, and finally asked me to collaborate with them, without any hesitation, I said YES!
For me, TRI is fresh and unique. It was founded by a student from the Green School Bali. The fact that TRI gives 100% of their nett profit for the forests in Indonesia, makes me believe that this cause is worth supporting.
What’s the philosophy or the story behind your Bali Biodiversity Map’s design?
Well, there’s no actual deep or detailed philosophy, it’s just about Bali and its biodiversity.
Although, I also wanted to show the significant changes of Bali’s landscape, where the island was naturally very rich in biodiversity, with tigers and birds, and rice fields, and amazing marine life. I wanted my design to remind us that if we check our ego about modern life goals and sacrifice nature, all of nature’s uniqueness will just be history, folk tales or legends.
What did you learn in the process of designing this bandana for TRI?
I did learn about Bali and its ecosystem. I always thought the old Bali is anciently beautiful, so unique with its ecosystem in the mountains and beaches. What a great time to live there.
But now, I learned that the island is facing huge problems from unsustainable tourism. I felt that I should start to be a better human and really take action in and effort to maintaim the balance of nature.
What do you hope for from this collaboration?
I want to inspire others to think about nature more, spend more time out there, not just in your cubicle. I also want more and more people to do good in order to keep the balance of nature, and I wish there would be more collaborations like this created with other artists in the future.
Lastly, I want to continue to make new friends, meet good people and learn something from them, then create something with them that has purpose in life.
It’s amazing to see how this collaboration happened and how people react to it. We received lots of positive responses as we launched our first natural dyed bandana. Have a look at these beauties on our website – they come in 5 different colours and still available for purchase on our online stores <3