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.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Nature in the City

My friend Bella put together a book of her ESOL students stories about nature for future reference. I illustrated a story called 'The Dream'.

Friday, 31 July 2015

majestic disorder issue 5

I was commissioned by majestic disorder magazine to create an illustration for a short story by Callahan Tormey called 'Going Green At Letna Park'. The illustration features landmarks such as the Tyn Church, the Dancing House, the Astronomical Clock and the Metrodome in Letna Park in Prague

You can read the full story here.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Bears plate

A plate with a pair of happy bears - earthenware, honey glaze, white slip sgraffito. Made for my friends Ali and Chris to celebrate their wedding this weekend.

Bear Wedding Card

Jack and me drew some bears for a wedding card...

Ali and Chris' Wedding Stickers

Two of my favourite people got married this weekend. The bridemaids got together and produced one or two sticker designs to be applied to bottles filled with flowers on tables. We were inspired by real ale style labels. I'm was chuffed to have one of mine printed onto glasses which were given to guests as party favours.