by Trinity King
Students looking for a spot to kick back and relax on campus should look no further than the front lawn of our very own Doty Fine Arts Building. Thanks to Nido’s Weaver, University of Texas students can now nap their troubles away cocooned in the warm Kammock hammocks swaying in the gentle Austin breeze.
Four UT engineering students who simply needed a place to rest on campus created Nido in fall 2016. “Students have plenty of beautiful spaces to work, but very few in which to rest,” said Daniel Goodwin, one of Nido’s founders. While still students, founders Oli Nguyen and Goodwin started the Texas Hammocking club. Unfortunately, they quickly learned that hammocking isn’t technically allowed on campus because the straps could cause damage to tree bark. Enter the Nido Weaver.
Made out of recycled oil pipe right here in the UT engineering machine shop and Maker Studio, the Weaver resembles a grove of trees and creates the perfect place for students to go hammocking. Knowing how popular this would be with other students, the founders of Nido took their idea, along with a separate group of students interested in bringing hammocks to campus, to Student Government.
These determined hammockers applied for the “Specials Project” grant within Student Government, and the rest, as they say, is history. Hammocks would officially have a place to hang out on the Forty Acres.
COFA’s Development Associate Skyla Lowery advocated to bring Nido’s Weaver to the College of Fine Arts on the east side of campus, making the college one of the first spaces it is available.
“I reached out to Goodwin after seeing the Weaver exhibited on campus last spring,” said Lowery. “I enjoyed having a place to relax outside, and after seeing how much the students loved it, I knew it would be a nice way for students and faculty alike to take a nap and enjoy the great weather we have here in Austin.”
After working with Goodwin and Student Government, Lowery created a simple process for students to use the Weaver. Anyone with a UT ID can check out a hammock at the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office front desk in DFA 2.4 during office hours. Those with their own hammock can just hang them up on the Weaver any time!
Above photo: Lauren Enten and Alexandra Avila, both biochemistry undergraduates, take a break from their studies to enjoy the hammocks.