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About Us

In 2016 Julia and Cathryn met each other doing community work. We dreamt of a space in Chico where youth could have access to art and printing as a way to process this crazy world, print their own creations and share them with their communities.

Pedal Press was born as a first step, a way to bring participatory printing to Chico. We did workshops for youth and we partnered with our friends and brought live silk-screening to tons of events.  We continue to build Pedal Press into all that it can be and we are so grateful for your support. 

Julia Murphy 

I grew up drawing and making. An East Coast native, I moved to Chico with my son in 1998. I worked at a local screen print shop mixing inks and fell in love with the noble art and craft of screen printing. I’ve worked at Table Mt. School, the high school in Butte County Juvenile Hall, and am presently part of a team putting on Slow Theater workshops there. I have a credential for both English and Art.  I’m proud to be part of the art community in Chico and proud of our work with Pedal Press, bringing the community access to the noble art and craft of screen printing.

Cathryn Carkhuff

My first time silk screening was at an arts and culture neighborhood center in North Philadelphia called Norris Square Neighborhood Project where I worked with a group of high school youth.  We inherited a 4 color press and re-built a youth silk screening business with some incredible young leaders called Prodigies. I went to graduate school in SF to try and bring everything the NSNP community taught me to more young people and communities. I went to the Bay for another degree and did a lot of social justice work and came to Chico in 2016 with my son and partner. I currently work with CAVE at CSU, Chico and Pedal Press whenever I can.