I’m Hanne. I am 26 years old, I live in Belgium and I graduated from the university of Ghent last year, 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 cuddling with my cat, taking pictures, reading, 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.
On my blog I like sharing things about my life, posting pictures of my outfits, telling stories about the places I go, giving tips about books, films and music, writing down recipes and other tutorials, and sometimes I share a little make-up tip. Oh, and I also make videos! When I started this blog, I wrote both in Dutch and English, because I wanted to keep my blog close to myself, and I wanted people who also speak Dutch to be able to relate to it. But at the same time, I wanted my blog to be accessible for anyone who wants to read it, because I love it when people from other countries pass by every now and then. But writing every post in two languages turned out to be quite time-consuming, so nowadays I just choose the language that fits best.
Where does the name of my blog come from?
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.