Poster Image

Illustration of lacrosse stick craftsman Alf Jacques


Item#: 2024SYR05

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

You also receive…

An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

Medium- and large-format posters are available by custom order. Contact us for details.

Alfred Jacques Farms Wood

poster information


Alfred Jacques farms wood

the Nation's cultural heart

Lacrosse stick maker

As an artist living in Central New York, my work is deeply influenced by the rich cultural tapestry of the Onondaga Nation, a vital member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. In this community, lacrosse transcends being just a sport—it is a sacred aspect of life. Beginning with the gifting of lacrosse sticks to babies at birth and culminating in people being laid to rest with their sticks, the game holds profound spiritual significance. The greatest stick maker of all time is Alfred Jacques.

When I was given the allotment of poems, the one that struck me was the poem about Alf Jacques. His recent passing in my community has been tough for all, and I felt compelled to honor his memory with this illustration.

My go-to process is to sketch, draw, and ink in separate parts. Once I complete the inking for the main subject, background, and any extras, I scan the items digitally and begin the coloring process. The coloring process allows for experimentation and room for error, which can be easily corrected. Every year for The Poster Project I like to try new techniques, styles, and color choices while attempting to give a Native American theme, calling back to Haudenosaunee culture which inhabits Central New York still to this day.