We had the good fortune of connecting with Travis Ronis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Travis, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind deciding to start my own business was to allow myself the freedom to be creative. As a sole proprietor I am able to decide what projects I work on, and what commissions to take on. Whether I’m in the mood to paint, 3-D print, build a terrarium, or pursue a new craft, I have the freedom to follow my whims, and decide which creative outlet I’ll pursue on any given day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Currently my main focuses are 3-D printing, making living closed terrariums, painting, woodworking, and paper crafts. I think a thing that sets me apart from others is how I combine my multiple mediums. Probably the best example would be the terrariums I make, which frequently feature hand painted 3-D printed figures.
Many things have brought me to where I currently am professionally. The biggest thing has been my desire to create. I’m self taught in most of what I do, and this has stemmed from becoming interested in something, and just trying at it until I’ve figured it out. I’ve also been lucky in being able to take on a number of unique projects within jobs that I’ve held. Whether it be it be building a rolling storage cart out of old pallets, or constructing a “rabbit hole” out of branches, pvc, and lights for an Alice in Wonderland themed party.
Following this path hasn’t been easy, and it still isn’t. Still being in my first year of starting a business from scratch it has been a struggle to find ways to sell my creations, and to make people aware of what I am creating. I’ve been fortunate to be able to take part in a number of art and farmers markets, and have even found a few shops that carry my products. Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned are don’t give up, get yourself out there, and meaningful connections with people is one of the best ways to gain customers.
What I want people to know about my story is if there’s something you really love doing, it’s never too late to pursue it. I’m taking things that were just interests, or passion projects, and turning them into a career that I enjoy, and am proud of.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am based out of Atlanta. Whenever someone visits, three of my favorite places to take them are the High museum, The Atlanta Botanicla Garden, and on a tour of our local breweries, most notably Firemaker brewing and the Monday Night Garage. As far as food there are endless possibilities. Some of my favorites include Hankook Taqueria, Fox Bros Bbq, and Steinbecks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my girlfriend Cole Spivia. She has been incredibly supportive of my decision to pursue art and start my own business. From helping at art markets, teaching me to sew, and giving me tips and advice from her own artistic background. Without her support I’m not sure that I would have had the confidence to go all in on myself the way I have.