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Marshall CarbeeBy Marshall Carbee
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Marshall CarbeeBy Marshall Carbee
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About

Is Your Art Killing You? 

Nanci Crosbie, Executive Producer, Is Your Art Killing You?
Nanci Crosbie, Executive Producer, Is Your Art Killing You?

THE PROJECT: Marshall Carbee is an artist. In the making of the video above, Marshall used a zero-VOC, plant-based paint, local earth pigments, rain and water from a mountain creek.

Our project is the production of the next sequence in a documentary about his art, the unique sustainable art materials he uses, and his new methods. In his continual effort toward sustainability and safety, Marshall makes his paintings outdoors utilizing wind, sun, earth pigments and rain, letting nature take the creative lead. He is passionate about finding the best paints for his art without compromising performance or beauty, and without doing harm.

Marshall started on a search for healthier, sustainable paints for artists, but the subject really pertains to all of us, which is why it’s important. Our project will explore the dangers inherent in using commercially available petroleum-based art and home-improvement products and the methods you can use to create safer, cost effective, reduced petroleum, zero-VOC alternatives.

Relatively few people are aware of the true hazards of petroleum based paints. Almost all paints are petroleum-based, which are hazardous not only to the environment, but to us.

You’ve probably heard of VOCs. Human exposure to VOCs can result in immediate symptoms such as sore throats, headaches, dizziness, and confusion. Long-term exposure can lead to deadly diseases, even increase your chances of getting cancer, particularly to the brain, blood and liver. VOCs are in hundreds of products we use daily – but more about VOCs in a moment.

By backing this Kickstarter project, you are helping to protect nature and ourselves from harm. We can build a sustainable economy and healthier environment by replacing petroleum-based products with sustainable ones. There are solutions.

Bio-piant, salt-watercolors, beach sand and seawater on 100% cotton rag, 45" x 54
Bio-piant, salt-watercolors, beach sand and seawater on 100% cotton rag, 45" x 54

Here’s the lowdown on VOCs. VOCs are organic compounds used in the production of many common household products to improve durability and performance. Don’t be fooled by the word “organic”. They are chemical compounds – “organic” because they contain carbon, found in all living things, and “volatile” because they easily transform into vapors or gases. The smell of many products, like oil paints or gasoline, are delivered by VOC gases. Regrettably, VOC regulations are made by the EPA to protect the environment -- not the people who use the products.

A bio-painting in progress at the outdoor studio, Rye Beach, New Hampshire
A bio-painting in progress at the outdoor studio, Rye Beach, New Hampshire

STORY BEHIND THE PROJECT: Marshall worked as a scenic artist in New York – these are the artists who help create and paint the sets of movies and plays. Their days are long, and when the show is over and the sets are struck, scenics are done with the job – but the job may never be done with them. Many develop long-term health problems. And the discarded props can poison our landfills.

When Marshall saw scenics develop illnesses related to hazardous products they used daily, he began to look for safer alternatives for artists and discovered that there were none. So he set out on a mission to change that.

Marshall Carbee
Marshall Carbee

In 2008 Marshall located a relatively small soy-based coatings manufacturer in Phoenix, Arizona. The CEO of Eco Safety Products, John Bennett, was generous in discussing their soy-based formulations and the many advantages to using these new coatings with regard to environment and performance.

Marshall realized the potential for creating safe and sustainable art products based on these formulations, and soon he and Mr. Bennett were collaborating to create the first sustainable, soy-based art products – a CEO and an artist/entrepreneur working together with a shared vision of sustainability.

Thus Marshall developed the first soy-based gesso for artists, and a line of soy-based industrial scenic art paints and products. The products are manufactured using soy resin discarded during vitamin E production. It is an otherwise unused, non-food-grade soy product not hazardous in landfills. Vegetable oil technology is used to create safe colors.

Bio paint, salt water and beach sand on 100% cotton rag, 42" x 57"
Bio paint, salt water and beach sand on 100% cotton rag, 42" x 57"

The contributions of art to our world are indisputable. We cannot continue to allow our dependence on petroleum products make art too dangerous to create or to further contribute to the destruction of our environment.

PROJECT SO FAR: We have created the first sequence of our feature documentary described in ULTIMATE GOAL.   We have the same creative team working toward the same ultimate goal. Marshall, Daniel, Quinn, Emily, Lance and I are totally committed to the dream.

Daniel and Quinn; cinematography and post production
Daniel and Quinn; cinematography and post production
 
Two Carbee bio-paint earth paintings, private collection, Sonoma County, California
Two Carbee bio-paint earth paintings, private collection, Sonoma County, California

ULTIMATE GOAL: Our ultimate goal is to create a feature documentary – effectively, the sum of the individual sequences. Should we get sufficiently over-funded with Kickstarter backing for our current project, we will move forward toward this ultimate goal.

We will complete a fun and engaging film that explores a new direction in painting, and a new consciousness -- how  to accomplish everything you want using safe products and without leaving a harmful environmental footprint.

Emily, our on-site production coordinator, location scout, human canvas roller and super-star mountain water woman in southern Utah
Emily, our on-site production coordinator, location scout, human canvas roller and super-star mountain water woman in southern Utah

Thank you in advance for becoming part of our team and our groundbreaking film! Production crew buttons, T-shirts and bumper stickers are additional benefits!

REWARDS: Our rebellious limited edition 7/8" round pin backed ART KILLS buttons for crew members and our Kickstarter backers only!
REWARDS: Our rebellious limited edition 7/8" round pin backed ART KILLS buttons for crew members and our Kickstarter backers only!
REWARDS: Our own limited edition 100% cotton ART KILLS t-shirt for crew Kickstarter backers only!
REWARDS: Our own limited edition 100% cotton ART KILLS t-shirt for crew Kickstarter backers only!
REWARDS: Our 3" x 9" ART KILLS bumper stickers for Kickstarter supporters and crew only!
REWARDS: Our 3" x 9" ART KILLS bumper stickers for Kickstarter supporters and crew only!

Risks and challenges

Every project has potential obstacles, from production delays to permits to collaborator mishaps. Bad weather, illness, accidents and other unforeseen challenges may arise. The UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) with cameras are fragile and sometimes crash. We have back up UAVs, but problems can delay shooting.

I am confident that our professional, creative and devoted team and film crew will be able to overcome any production challenges we may encounter. If we travel to shoot outside of the US, we may face new obstacles. Foreign holidays, travel permit issues in Afghanistan, airline delays, red tape and unplanned costs could hinder production. Our experience traveling and working abroad will be integral to our success during international stages of the project.

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