Marko Barakoski is a Guelph, Ontario-based artist and woodworker who specializes in functional, yet artful furniture and design. Barakoski enjoys exhibiting new and creative ways to facilitate the transition to a sustainable society through the re-use and application of high quality, storied materials. After years working on various construction and building projects, he was confounded by the amount of waste that was being produced. This inspired him to start using this waste to create something meaningful. He began creating sculptures and furniture as a means of redirecting the waste flows towards a better function. Regarding his print work he states:
“People have a special connection with trees and forests (especially in Canada), something which is encapsulated in the process of putting paper to stump, revealing a unique story from each tree.”
Barakoski’s work can be found in private collections both nationally and internationally.