Hello! My name is Ronni Rose Swanson and I am a Designing Fairy. It is rumored I am part or mostly fairy (don’t tell) stuck in a human body, but I’ve said too much about that.
My Story - I love to invent things.
When I was a little fairy, I wrote and illustrated plays with character names like Dog for the dog character, and Duck for the duck. My work later evolved into creating puppet show extravaganzas for the younger neighborhood kids with my childhood best friend. We called our company Spookhouse Players. At the same time, in elementary school, I had a Speech Teacher (at the time I often replaced my "th" for "f's) that got me hooked on learning with fun. We kept composition notebooks filled with pictures, drawings, cut-outs and visual goodness that matched how I learned -- hands-on and creative, and very visual.
Fast forward today I am still drawing characters but they now have more interesting evolved names like Alabaster and Alfonz, and their wings or arms often move. I have a lot more training under my belt, including a newly attained Master's Degree in designing for learning, and with it, an expertise in e-learning and theory on how people learn with FUN. Through my business of many years I've invented illustrated products, books and online programs focused on empowering tools that help others to learn more about themselves, including an online Fairy School, a fairy deck, Helping the Sensitive books, an imaginary mall design program, and an online class that helps deal with strong emotions from the Pandemic.
My role models include innovative teaching artists, Ed Emberley (teaching drawing with fun), Lynda Barry (check out Syllabus and Making Comics), Tim Burton (his drawings rock), the late Jim Henson (genius mind who brought invention to educational technology), and the late Edward Gorey (a marvel at pen and ink).
I love drawing sweets and discovered that I had a grandfather that was a baker.
I am barely five feet tall. Very fairy-like.
I can talk to dogs. No, seriously, I was a professional animal communicator for fourteen years. That experience is probably why I draw so many animals.
I am partial to tutus and dancing, anything dogs, and I have seen every episode of Project Runway. Oh, and I have a fairy tent.
I live in a 1930s house in hot Arizona with a sweet talking dog, a bloodhound toddler dog who steals stuffed animals, my supportive elf husband, and three creative fairy step-children who give me ideas, one of whom expects me to pay him big one day in book royalties.