spotlight: abbie harris


Hannah Ryan
At mustard we are a global provider of recruitment solutions to the design and creative industry; we are going to be doing a series of conversations with our consultants so you can get to know them

We speak to Abbie who is one of our newest recruiters and is based in our Bristol office:

Hey Abbie, what is your role in this company?

Hi Hannah! I am a recruiter for the Graphic and digital Design sector in the North of England, and some of the midlands

How long have you been working at mustard?

Since the end of November 2016

Other than a recruiter how else would you describe yourself?

I am a writer and an artist

Before joining the team what were you up to?

I was working at an artist residency in Spain for nine months, I was helping make short films and videos about the landscape, the Cortijo (the converted farm building) and the artists who came to create work. It was in the middle of the desert in Andalucia, so beautiful but very remote! Before that I studied Fine Art at Manchester School of Art and published a book with Pariah Press.

Has your background and yourself as a person helped when you started your desk?

It’s helped lend an understanding of the creative industry and its process. When I was working in Manchester I collaborated with Graphic Designers on projects which meant I already had a network of designers I knew and trusted when stepping into mustard.
It’s good to help a community of designers who always sorted me out when I needed something - ‘what goes around comes around’! There’s nothing quite like the Northern attitude to getting things done!

Was it a new desk?

mustard has grown organically over the last few years, a few individuals have had the desk prior but its’s constantly building and it’s good to get the chance to focus in and create new opportunities for designers.   

Does mustard offer any incentives which really encourages you to strive in your role?

Being able to help someone get where they want -  a cliché but it is true. It’s such a good feeling.

You sought out several recruitment companies before choosing mustard, what made you choose this one?

With mustard it is a case of: ‘What you see is what you get’. I like the laid back approach  – plus I get to wear my dungarees to the office (I was never one for a pant suit, I’ll let Clinton keep them, who could compete?!)

Why have you come back to Bristol, what makes Bristol so great?

it’s easy to fall in love with a city with so many heights and hills (also a great workout) you walk three minutes and see the city through a new lens. Bristol is full of culture that’s constantly shifting – like Manchester there is space for everyone and everything.

What do you love doing outside of work?

I love plants and growing things! Yoga, reading, time with friends and my sister, all the normal things – nothing ground breaking, I’m pretty boring really.

Quick fire questions:

What would be your recommendations out of the following -

Film – The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos

Album – Solange – A Seat at the Table

Design  - the identity, packaging and retail design for roots and bulbs by Robot Food in Leeds

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