The Mood is Indigo

Come visit the first public indigo dye space in South Carolina! Enough Pie’s VAT SHACK offers hands-on experiences with indigo, a historic and sacred dye plant with deep roots in SC. The VAT SHACK is a mobile shack and indigo workshop that engages the Upper Peninsula and its neighborhoods in a creative project.

Premiering Saturday, June 4th (4-9pm) at AWAKENING IV: INDIGO, amateurs and experienced artisans alike will be able to visit VAT SHACK and learn about indigo’s history and dyeing process. Artists staffing VAT SHACK will assist visitors in dyeing materials and provide instruction as the VAT SHACK will be open regularly for community dye days.

Meet Our VAT SHACK Artists (aka Den Mamas):

VAT SHACK will also provide interactive education for schools and programs in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. Student workshops at VAT SHACK include a comprehensive lesson on the history of indigo and its historical and economic role in Charleston, as well as instruction on the science and art of dyeing. All participants will be given the opportunity to express their own individual creativity through dyeing materials under the supervision of an established indigo expert and will tie in a part of their hand-dyed piece to the COMMUNITY RAG QUILT, which will be added to over the next year and will have a permanent home, once complete, at the John L. Dart Library on Upper King Street.

Have something you’d like to DYE? Join us for COMMUNITY DYE DAYS — the first and third Saturday each month starting at 9am through Summer, 2016.

Want to get involved? Learn how to become a business or individual partner, join our VAT SHACK Steering Team (send an email to, or send comments to

Thank you to our partners: Clemson Architecture CenterSustainability InstituteKevan Hoertdoerfer ArchitectsIBU MovementCharleston Police Department, Dillon Supply Company, Hughes Lumber & Building Supply Company, and Spectrum Paint and to our individual partners: Terry + Patricia Jones.

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