I’m Hanne. I am 27 years old, I live in Belgium and I graduated from the university of Ghent, where I studied Swedish language and literature. I decided that I want to spend my life (or at least, the next part of my life) researching Swedish literature, so I’m currently working on a PhD application – and in the meanwhile, I’m a teaching assistent at the Scandinavian department. I live in a small town near Antwerp and I spend most of my free time reading books, taking pictures, cuddling with my cat, listening to podcasts and sometimes a little painting. I think Swedish is the most beautiful language ever, and I’m obsessed with all things Swedish (and Scandinavian, for that matter). My mother tongue is Dutch, but I also speak English, Swedish, French, Italian and a little bit of Norwegian and Danish.
The goal of this blog is to share things about my life, telling stories about the places I go, giving tips about books, films and music, talking about languages and learning them, and maybe sharing a recipe every once in a while. A lot of these tips are Sweden-related! The website also contains a portfolio page, where I share my drawings and writings (mostly in Swedish). I usually write my posts in English, but sometimes I prefer Dutch or Swedish.
The name of my blog comes from a painting by a Swedish painter, Anders Österlin, called “imaginär röd”. In 2009, I went to an exposition about the CoBrA movement. It was an avant-garde movement that was founded by Asger Jorn, Christian Dotremont, Joseph Noiret, Constant, Corneille and Karel Appel in 1948. It was named after their home cities: Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. That’s where I saw this painting by Anders Österlin, a graphic designer and painter from Sweden. He was part of a group of painters in Malmö called Imaginisterna, but later on, he came in contact with the CoBrA movement. The painting was called “imaginär röd”, but the sign said “imaginary red / rouge imaginaire”. I thought that was a beautiful title, because it sounded so poetic. From then on, rougeimaginaire became my nickname on the internet, and, later on, the name of my blog.