The Artist Simone Brewster Enjoys Making Things by Hand

The multidisciplinary artist does everything from woodworking to painting.

As part of the preparations for her first solo exhibition, held this past summer at the NOW Gallery in South London, Simone Brewster designed “Crown,” a set of wooden combs inspired by traditional African hairstyles.

But since the multidisciplinary artist and designer already was creating jewelry and paintings for the selling show, designing its layout and furniture — not to mention caring for her son Omar, born in July 2022 — she decided in May to look for a manufacturer to produce her comb designs.

Six weeks later, unable to find anyone who could execute the small but complex designs, Ms. Brewster was

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