Have you ever been to Tajikistan or backpacked the Chinese Silk Road by yourself? Well my girl Jen Bailey has. Jen Bailey is an art historian, curator, and avid traveler. Jen grew up in Hong Kong and has traveled all over the world. Every time I am in New York, I try to give them a visit in Brooklyn where she lives with her husband. There I’m guaranteed a travel story or two and a few good laughs.
More interesting than her background, is her passion for art and design. A few years ago on one of those visits, she told me her dream was to bring together artists and designers and create a platform to highlight their work. Soon after she quit her pretty admirable job at Sotheby’s and created a market in Brooklyn called FAD market. FAD Market is a thoughtfully curated roving market that showcases new artists and gives them a platform to sell their work. In her old job, Jen was responsible for bringing to light old works of art, now through FAD market she is putting a spotlight on new work.
Learn more about her story in her own words below and her work at FAD market here – http://fadmarket.co/
What are you working on currently?
Preparing for our summer markets at The Invisible Dog Art Center and Coney Art Walls in Brooklyn.
What would you say is your uniform?
Quilted sweatshirt (I have multiple colors), T-shirt or Oxford Shirt, J Brand jeans and limited edition gray suede Stan smiths (Japanese edition), Casio calculator watch, Jewelry by Izaskun Zabala, Erica Weiner, and Anastasia Jewlery and FAD Market tote bag.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Top 3 things you must have in your bag?
Lip Balm, wallet and keys
What’s your dream?
Travel whenever I want, be a landlord and have a place to escape from the city
And what’s the last thing you do before going to bed at night?
Read the DailyMail online (don’t judge!) and of course kiss my husband goodnight
What’s your hidden talent?
I can change a light switch
What are you reading right now?
Nothing at the moment.
If you could sing one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“I was born and raised in Hong Kong to a Chinese mother and British father. I moved to Maine to embark on my undergraduate education in Art History and Chinese at Bates College. After college, I moved to New York and worked in the field of Asian Art in the gallery world for five years, then moved to London for my Masters in Asian Art History at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). I worked in London for a couple of years after my studies and then moved back to New York.
I launched FAD Market when I returned to New York in the Lower East Side in 2010. There were a load of empty storefronts and I thought why not bring a group of artists and designers together. I had a side jewelry business for six years and sold in boutiques in New York and London. My aunt is a fashion and accessories designer and I had a lot of artist friends so I wanted to bring us together to exhibit and sell our work.
While planning the market, I received a job offer as a Cataloguer in the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department at Sotheby’s. A job I couldn’t turn down as it was a career goal to work at an auction house. I decided to leave FAD and return to it one day. I gave myself five years and told myself to evaluate my career then. After five years, I decided that I still felt drawn to a more creative career so I decided to leave my full time employment to launch FAD Market properly with the goal of making it a fixture in the New York market scene.”