With a sketchbook tucked under his arm and both hands chock-full of pens, Lakeem Wilson, a recent UT graduate and artist, meanders through Austin streets, stopping only to sketch what he sees: empty park benches, quiet streets and smoking strangers. He fills entire pages before finishing his walk through the city.
For many students, papers lead to late nights full of frustration, but, for members of UT’s Healing Origami club, paper offers an escape from the everyday stresses of student life. Since 2007, the group has gathered once a week to socialize, craft different designs and learn new patterns.
Each day, hundreds of students flood Teji’s — a narrow, dimly lit restaurant — and place their order with Brian Beavers. No one knows that the quiet, polite man filling orders day after day suffers from irreparable brain damage, memory loss and crippling injuries.