MY INSPIRATION: MY SON
''The idea came to me during a meal with my 23 month old son. For several weeks now, meal time has always been difficult, very often we did not know if he was going to eat 1 or 2 bites, 10 bites or simply throw his plate and eat nothing. The assertiveness stage began and, like many parents, we were worried about our child's appetite: is he gaining enough weight, is he getting all the nutrients and vitamins he needs, is eating is there enough vegetables, etc.''
So at this particular meal, our tablecloth was decorated with different insects and I noticed that my son was concentrating on the tablecloth designs. During this time, I could give him several bites of his meal. What a joy to see him open his mouth and eat his meal without refusal, shouting or other. It was then that I said to myself that the possibility of having tablecloths with different patterns would make it possible to entertain the children and even the whole family during meals and thus to ensure that babies and children eat with pleasure.
I had been working in accounting for 15 years, when the idea of starting my own business appeared to me to be necessary. I love to take on challenges and I am motivated by going beyond and fulfilling myself. Newly in business, I have developed BiMoo bilingual tablecloths which stimulate the 4 spheres of development in children.
My mission is to offer parents and professionals in childhood an innovative and fun educational tool as well as an alternative to medication and digital technology to ensure the full development of children. I see people as the heart of a business, and I see mobilization, listening and collaboration as essential to the strength of a team and the business itself.
I started my entrepreneurial journey by following the Business launch training at the Fierbourg vocational training center in Quebec. Then, I launched a crowdfunding campaign with La Ruche to validate if people would be interested in my product. I also succeeded in my campaign by selling for $ 8,000 of tablecloths in 40 days! That's it, BiMoo is launched!
The important thing for me is to surround myself with competent people and other entrepreneurs who want to help each other, this is why I am a member of the CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Quebec) and of AFEQ (Association Femmes Entrepreneures Québec). I am currently in the CCIQ Women's Leadership cohort, where I am further developing my skills and my network of contacts. I also do the International Trade Acceleration Program (PAC) with Quebec International to allow me to push my business to a global level.
The environment is also one of BiMoo's values. The tablecloths are therefore made of recycled polyester and are certified OEKO-TEX standard 100. This certification ensures that each component (fabric, print and thread) has been tested and contains no harmful substances.
The test criteria are standardized worldwide according to the highest standards. They are updated at least once a year, according to new scientific breakthroughs or legal requirements for controlled substances.
In summary, the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification represents a guarantee of security for small and large users of BiMoo tablecloths.
Our illustrators are the essence of our products!
Without their creation and inspiration, nothing is possible ...- Julie Blais, President
PISHIER (Pierre Girard)
Born in Jonquière, Pierre (PisHier) has lived in Quebec since 1996 where he works as an illustrator, painter and comic book author. Creative and very productive, PisHier is used to dividing his time between a thousand and one projects.
Standing from the first rays of the sun, PisHier never stops surprising with its ideas, its creations and its commitment to the artistic community.
See here the tablecloth of emotions drawn by this artist
GENEVIÈVE TARDIF FROM ILLUSTRATION TARDIVE
Geneviève started drawing from the moment she was able to hold colored pencils. Multiple school routes, Illustration Tardive was born from a desire to live from her illustrations and her personal work. Colorful universe, simple line and often images of everyday life as a backdrop.
Illustration Tardive brings a style of its own that Geneviève creates digitally only. She uses watercolor, felt-tip pen, colored pencil or a mixture of the three as a medium.
See here the tablecloth of the Sea drawn by this artist
It is a major cause of deforestation, 90 titles published, some in 6 languages. The Billy Bob series, The comic strip gives buttons, Father Christmas has a flat tire, My dog is an elephant, Gustave, the Boris series, Matisse and recently Léon Poltron for short.
See here the tablecloth of the Jungle drawn by this artist
Isabelle was lulled by the stories of her father all her childhood. A great storyteller, he bequeathed him an entire imagination that has turned into a profession. Accompanied by the great love of books, offered by his mother, it was the perfect combination to become an illustrator in youth publishing. After studying graphic design, she started her career on the wheel.
Thanks to her driving spirit, she has carved out a place for herself on the Quebec market with more than 100 illustrated books, navigating between major productions like the family planner and more intimate projects like her latest book on the Little Train of the North , born from a crowdfunding campaign.
Always "on the trail", she is addicted to cultural walks, history and good food with friends. Her sweet sin? Read a comic in bed while snacking on chips!
See here the table of Professions drawn by this artist
See here the tablecloth of Figures with dinosaurs drawn by this artist
Always passionate about drawing, Irene scribbles from her earliest days. After studying graphic design, she left for 7 months in India, an experience rich in emotions and colors, which gave her the taste for travel. Continuing its momentum, she left her native France for her adopted country: Canada. She followed a bachelor's degree in Art and Design at the University of Quebec in Outaouais, and then moved to Quebec, then to Saint-Gilles, in Lotbinière, where she was actively involved.
She worked for 3 years in a communication agency, before becoming self-employed in 2013 as a graphic designer and illustrator. At the same time, Irene continues to use her brushes on small and large paintings. Very inspired by the colors of her travels and by her "uprooting", her naive and unpretentious style poses an optimistic and aesthetic look at things.
In 2012, she fulfilled her childhood dream by publishing her first youth album "Canette et le Sanglier" (Blue Hours editions), whose story is a family tale passed on to her by her father. In 2015, Irène published the follow-up with "Canette et le Castor", a project for which she received a grant from the Arts and Culture Council of Chaudière-Appalaches.
In 2019, she and her sister publish the book ICITTE, on the French in Quebec!
See here the Vegetable tablecloth drawn by this artist
Mylène was born in Charlesbourg and drawing has always been part of her life. Very young, she was fascinated by illustration. Later, she discovered portraiture and oil painting. So she took courses to improve her skills.
But she also has a passion for multimedia; that's why she studied 2D and 3D computer graphics and obtained a bachelor's degree in visual arts and new media. She likes it when the picture alone tells her own story.
See here the tablecloth of the Alphabet drawn by this artist
See here the tablecloth of Security drawn by this artist
See here the Transport tablecloth drawn by this artist
This passionate comes from a family of entrepreneurs and artists. She always wanted to "roll her bump". Very young, she wanted work with animals, despite their allergies. A real hard head! So she decided to use her artistic talent to be closer to animals. It’s the gateway she’s taken to enter the world of art and discover all kinds of other ways to create.
Illustration, painting, comics, sculpture and even crochet are some of the different arts that she enjoys. Ambitious and energetic, nothing stops Carolane from creating.
See here the Fantastic tablecloth drawn by this artist
It's my turn !
I have looked for myself all my life, I have studied dental hygiene, office automation and accounting. I worked in several places without ever feeling that it was my place and I have been working in accounting for 15 years now.
I have always had a marked interest in the arts. I paint in oil and acrylic and I like to mix mediums and tools and make overlays.
My house is full of canvases that I have painted, but I do not live by my art. With BiMoo, I can bring out all the artistic energy that lives in me and I want to encourage other artists of all kinds. The creation of BiMoo tablecloths, as a bilingual educational game has this creative side that inhabits me.
See here the tablecloth of the Farm drawn by this artist