Friday, 9 December 2016

Winona zine

I made a Winona zine! I've been talking about this for a while now and it's taken a while because I wanted to make sure I could get a likeness. The zine features drawings inspired by Beetlejuice, Heathers, Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Reality Bites, Girl Interrupted and Stranger Things. Apart from Winona, the zine also has a few cameos from her films including Gary Oldman, Cher and Whoopi Goldberg. The zine is A4 sized, features eight photocopied pencil drawings and has a lilac cover.

The zine is available to purchase from my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas Cards

I have added a new shop section to my Etsy - Christmas cards. You can buy this new Christmas design for 2016 which features a little red cabin inspired by a navy house I saw in Denmark. The set is two green striped and two pink striped cards. I have also added some old favourites - Penguin, Robin and Christmas Tree cards from previous years. The set of four cards also comes with four white envelopes.

Bespoke embroidery

My camera broke a couple of months ago (which is why some of my photos aren't so great at the moment!) I've been working on embroidery commissions to save up for a new one. These embroideries measure 16cm in diameter. If you are interested, I'm producing these very simple embroideries for £85 each. Contact me on

At The Table - Issue 2

The beautiful new issue of At The Table is out. Focused on British food culture and the stories that surround it, delve into food writing, photography and illustration. Buy a copy here.

I did some small illustrations for the issue on a piece collecting together childhood food memories from London chefs. You'll have to get the issue to see them all.

Cover illustration by Ailsa Johnson.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Kitchen Drawer - At The Table

Illustration of Bee Wilson's kitchen scissors for At The Table's new editorial section. Have a look here.

Thursday, 8 September 2016


I illustrated 'This Is Hardcore' by Cath Bore in 'Fuck What You Love', a zine put together by Claire Biddles, designed by Kate Dunstone and featuring illustrations from Jessica Taylor. Popstar crushes explored through writing, design and illustrations from over 20 women and queer people.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Cabins on my Etsy shop

I've been developing a few embroideries from my 'Dwelling' zine which I produced for a secret club/en hemmelig klub's The Eastern Forests exhibition, which took place in 2014 in Aarhus, Denmark. The embroidery I showed and the zine I produced for the show depicted tiny cabins within seedheads, which an explorer would come across and ponder what had inhabited the small dwellings.

A few people have emailed me about whether I sell embroideries online, so this little collection is for them if they wish to purchase anything! I'll be adding new pieces over the next coming months as well as some affordable mini embroideries.

Reena Makwana Etsy Shop

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Peckham Platform Open 2015 - Choumert Square

This year I visited Choumert Square during their open gardens in June. I'd always walked past this curious gated road and had a peek through the gates. I saw this colourful visitor looking around and this formed the embroidery which I presented at this year's Open 15 at Peckham Platform (I'm aiming to submit one every year - the first was in 2012). I won third prize as part of the gallery's choice awards, which was lovely as I haven't won anything in a very long time.

Rose's Family Portrait

I was commissioned to make a family portrait for Rose, as a gift for her parents at Christmas.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Christmas cards

I've stitched a simple little robin as a Christmas card design this year and listed it on my Etsy alongside my Penguin and Christmas tree cards.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Cinnamon Bun Week - Nordic Bakery

Nordic Bakery asked selected illustrators to draw their famous cinnamon buns as part of a celebration taking place next week in honour of Cinnamon Bun Day. Cinnamon Bun Week (28th September-4 October) will take place at the different Nordic Bakery shops in London and will involve special flavours of cinnamon buns and a new cake! I got my felt-tips out to draw the above. Check out their website for more details.

Nordic Bakery website

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Poor Door Exhibition - A-side B-side Gallery

I'm showing my Heygate Estate embroidery 'NowHere' from 2013 at 'The Poor Door' exhibition taking place at A-side B-side Gallery in Hackney. The show which has been curated by Tinsel Edwards explores the current housing crisis in London.