Just being curious is a new series of blog posts that focus on creative businesses that we find intriguing. Really though, it’s just an excuse to be nosey!
We hope to offer a glimpse into the wonderful worlds of the many inspiring people and businesses that we come across and admire.
Our very first post features an incredibly talented and lovely lady by the name of Miriam Devitt, founder of SuperHands.
I discovered Miriam through the book that she published in 2011. It is a beautifully illustrated dictionary of baby sign language. I bought the book a few months ago and have been eagerly practicing baby sign language with my little madam ever since, we both have so much fun!
1. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I am the founder of Superhands and Mom to Robin. My background is in Drama and Theatre, acting, writing, directing and teaching drama.
Running SuperHands full time means that I am a jack of all trades, and I love collaborating with other people on different projects.
2. What gave you the idea to create SuperHands?
My daughter Robin and becoming a Mom were the reasons I created SuperHands.
I had been practicing sign language with Robin and people were intrigued by the way we communicated through sign. After researching, I couldn’t find any baby sign language providers in Ireland so I decided to create SuperHands. At the time we were living in West Clare, we had relocated to Clare from Dublin.
Firstly I set up a class from home which was very successful. I then hired a venue in Ennis to teach more classes. I also set up classes in Limerick.
At the moment SuperHands is also a franchise, we have teachers all over the country. We are also working on online content so that SuperHands will also be available online.
3. Where do you find inspiration?
Robin is a great source of inspiration – having her and becoming a Mom have changed my life.
I am very interested in early childhood development and I enjoy spending time researching neuroscience and brain development.
I am also passionate about music, dancing and drama, My husband is also involved in the music industry. Music colours my life.
4. What advice or words of wisdom would you give from your experience?
Just do it! If you have an idea, just go for it. The positive energy you put into it will drive any project forward.
Network – find like-minded, positive people to support you.
Awareness and mindfulness are very important. Remember not to get too emotional about things. Don’t take stuff personally. Keep the ego in check.
5. What are your 5 favourite things to do/foods to eat/books or blogs to read?
I love photography and design, architecture and interiors. I don’t count sheep, I create floorplans!
My favourite design styles are Nordic and Scandinavian, I love anything that is beautiful yet comfortable, practical and innovative.
Excercise (yoga, running, dance) are also important to me.
I love getting out to dance shows, theatre, world music and other gigs. Now with Robin, a lot of those things tend to be daytime events such as at The Ark and street festivals.
I’m a big fan of great TV boxsets (The Wire, Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boardwalk Empire) and movies. Also love watching documentaries. We have no TV, just a DVD player and a projector, which gives us greater control over what we watch.