Founded in 2010, Honest Alchemy is a sustainable textile and accessory design company that uses 100% natural fibers and plant-based pigments.
Handmade by Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth McTear, each piece is made with a deliberate consideration for tradition and her vision of “utilitarian art for the everyday.”
As the daughter of a quilter and granddaughter of an embroider, Elizabeth was surrounded by textiles growing up, giving her a natural inclination towards the textile arts. While earning her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design, Elizabeth learned about a vast array of textile traditions, sparking her interest in mali tribal designs, Japanese traditions, and Scandinavian design - all points of reference in her work today. After graduation, Elizabeth started working with natural dyes as a way to marry her degree with her love of nature.
To this day, the natural world serves as the greatest driving force behind Honest Alchemy. Through planting a natural dye garden and foraging materials in her community, Elizabeth explores and celebrates themes like the changing of the seasons and that natural cycle of plants, while working to make Honest Alchemy as eco-friendly as possible.