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. 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. It was then I learned my Rubber Ducky Theory -- the idea that even the mundane can be fun, and that we learn best when the process is entertaining.
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, a few degrees in design including a newly attained Master's Degree focused on technology and design for learning, and certification in Media Animation. Through my business of many years I've invented illustrated products, books and online programs focused on empowering tools that help others to help themselves, including my international Fairy Online School of ten years, Healing Fairy Alphabet deck, Help the Sensitive books, and an imaginary mall design program. I love coming up with ideas for companies, helping build projects from the ground up, and providing fun, illustrated graphics.
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, even the two new seasons. Oh, and I have a fairy tent.
I live in hot Arizona with a sweet talking dog, a bloodhound preschooler 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.