Illustration to introduce Susu
Promote the beauty of the countryside in Tienwei, Taiwan and use watercolor to make the inn more warm and approachable to visitors.
Susu is a backpacker inn located in 彰化田尾鄉 (Tianwei, Changhua province, Taiwan), a tranquil countryside where is notable for fresh air, slow livingstyle, and a large garden spreading around in the village - Tianwei Highway Garden, a large botanical recreation area producing the most varieties of flowers in Taiwan.
Cheng, the host of Susu backpacker, has being passionate about remaining traditional rural living style and inheriting the cultural value of weaving and building that are almost lost in modern city nowadays. Cheng had been a barber in Taipei, far away from his hometown - Changhua, for years, but he realized that his life had shifted into something that felt more like a rat–race.
Making up his mind, Cheng went back to his hometown, rearranged the farm, and collected any materials that were useful like driftwoods and rocks from everywhere in Taiwan to bulid a spectaculer inn.
Furthermore, Cheng even made use of the almost lost skill - 古町畚 (a urn that constructed by bamboo-weaving and covered with plaster to store wheat, which is common in traditional farming village) to apply to another cabin. You can sleep in the large urn which is totally built by weaved bamboo with plastered cover and you can still see the weaved-bamboo texture. What a great experience to sleep in it!
Soon after Cheng runned the backpaker inn, more and more travelers knew this place and came to stay here while traveling, and to enjoy the slow pace and fresh air by the country road. Most of the visiters were also backpacker, just as Cheng. Cheng also provided bicycles for visitors to wander in Tianwei and other towns.
Nevertheless, he had to introduce every visitors Susu and the surroundings, and there's no guide brochure or free postcard to represented "Susu" when visitors wanted something to keep as meomento. The most important of all, he wanted more people to know and travel to his beautiful hometown, given that nowadays more people choose to emergrate to big city rather than stay in countryside, so when I traveled there and witnessed the scene, I decided to start this project to spread Cheng's ambition and the beauty of this place.
To introduce the beauty of the countryside and make the backpacker inn more warm and approachable to visitors, I use watercolor painting to draw the guide map rather than cold, stiff software drawing.
Besides, I designed a serie of postcards for visiters to collect or send to their friends and family, letting them know this great place. Name card design is also included in spreading the value of Susu.
These cabins and gardens in Susu were all built by Cheng himself, with collected driftwoods and other recycling materials. There're two cabins, a picnic pavilion, a bathroom, a shower room and a iris garden. Cheng's original house is just near by them.
It was used to be a barn, then Cheng reconstructed it to be a comfy two-floors inn.
A public space connected to two rooms in urn-shape built by weaved-bamboo.
Cobblestones wall, wood columns and cement floor. All these stuffs remind you of grandma's lovely home.
People can stay here to rest, and eat hot pot of which ingredients are harvested from here!
He's sweet home is a traditional San-ho-yan(the quadrangle house), which is common in countryside.
A big iris garden near the inns. People can have a picnic in the center of the garden.
As the map shows, Tienwei township is just like a big garden full of colorful flowers and green farms. With this guide map, people can ride the bikes to other towns to explore. There are also some recommended spot on two sides of the map.
The other side of the map is introduction of Susu and the host, Cheng. This guide map is not just a map, it's an artwork that represent the image value of Susu and Tienwei.