QR Code mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaic Artist, Folkestone, Kent

September 2013

Have you noticed those strange black and white patterns that are appearing everywhere from shop windows to magazines? They are QR codes and when scanned with a smart phone they give users quick access to information such as a website without having to type anything into their phone. Jo is now offering a new service for businesses, she has started designing and making mosaic QR codes to be placed outside shops. Combining an ancient craft with new technology using smart phones, this service is an exciting development. So far she has orders from Nik & Trick Photographic Services as well as a couple of others so it looks like there is some real interest in it already.
The mosaics are 350mm square and there's a special introductory offer price from £85.00.

Kent SANDS mosaic by Jo Letchford mosaic artist, Folkestone, Kent, Ashford, Baby Memorial Garden August 2013
Jo was delighted to attend the recent opening of the Kent Sands baby memorial garden in Ashford, Kent. The garden, situated within Ashford's Memorial Gardens is packed with bright uplifting plants and features the stunning central mosaic surrounded by stones bearing the names of over sixty babies.
Chris Twydell of Kent SANDS said:
“We were delighted with Jo's work on the mosaic which is the centrepiece of our Baby Memorial Garden in Ashford. Jo really understood what we wanted from the the project, and the obvious sensitivities, and worked with bereaved families at a community event where local people were able to help create the mosaic. Jo undertook the outline and the more detailed aspects of the mosaic and we are so pleased with the results.”
For more information on Kent Sands please visit their website by clicking here.
Jo is currently working on a private commission and will be working on a mosaic with Broadstairs Baptist Church in September.
There are still a few spaces on the courses so if you're interested book yours now.
Jo Letchford, mosaic artist, Folkestone, Kent June 2013 competition June 2013
Jo is running a 'guess the phrase' competition. The prize is one of Jo's mosaic coaster kits. So if you are passing the shop don't forget to enter. All you need to do is write the phrase along with your name and contact details on a postcard and either drop it into the shop or send it to Jo Letchford Mosaics, 43 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1RL. The closing date for entries is Sunday 28 July.
Jo Letchford, mosaic artist working on the SANDS mosaic commission March 2013
Jo has just finished her latest project. The mosaic was commissioned by the Chartham branch of the national charity Stillbirth And Neonatal Deaths (SANDS), and will form the centrepiece of the Baby Garden memorial space in Ashford town centre. It was created by Jo in a way which enabled families to be actively involved in placing the tesserae in this lasting memorial. It was a moving and empowering experience for all those involved. The mosaic is currently being cast and should be in place in the garden from Easter. Thanks to photographer Graham Baker for allowing us to use his photograph of Jo working on the mosaic. To find out more about SANDS please click here. More pictures will follow when completed.
Red Teapot kit by Jo Letchford Mosaics, Folkestone, Kent January 2013
Happy New Year.
Jo is delighted to have two new commissions one for SANDS charity in Ashford and one for Aldington Primary School. Both of these projects will involve workshops; this may mean that on some days the shop will not be open so if you're planning a visit please phone 01303 250717 to check that the shop is open. There are still places available on the courses so if you fancy learning a new skill for a new year or would like to buy someone a course as a gift book now!
Starfish mosaic kit by Jo Letchford, Folkestone, Kent November 2012
Jo has finished designing the new vitreous glass mosaic kits, currently there are four designs and they can be seen on the Kits page. As an introductory offer Jo is selling these kits with the wheeled glass cutters for only £50 plus p&p, a saving of £10 on the price of the items bought separately. Two new coaster mosaic kits have also been added to the range. Jo now has fourteen kits for sale, so there is something for all tastes and abilities. The most exciting kit news this month is that you can now buy all of the kits and tools online, just click on the button next to a kit to buy it with your credit card, debit card or with PayPal.
Also recently added are the course dates for 2013, these can be seen here. The remaining courses for this year are fully booked so make sure of your place for next year by booking yours early to avoid disappointment.
Letter I mosaic by Jo Letchford, Folkestone, Kent October 2012
Jo is currently working on an exciting new range of mosaic kits using wheeled glass cutters and glass tiles. They should be ready by the end of October so check back for more details. In the meantime the Roman Flower kit with porcelain tiles is a good way to get started, see it here.
If you prefer tuition or for a special gift there are still a few places available on the mosaic courses on 13 October, 10 November and 8 December.
Crab mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaics, Folkestone, Kent April 2012
Exhibition 18th-27th May 2012 10am-6pm daily.
Jo is delighted to have been chosen as a guest artist for the Pilgrims Way Artists 15th Annual Summer Exhibition. 34 painters, artists, sculptors and glass artists will being showing their work in a magnificent 14th century Grade 1 listed Tithe Barn in the village of Lenham, between Maidstone and Ashford in Kent.
For more information please visit Pilgrims Way Artists.
Course bookings may be in greater demand after this, so if you haven’t booked yours yet now is the time!
Strode Park mosaic by Jo Letchford

February 2012
Jo has just received this wonderful testimonial from one of the students on a recent course. Don't forget that if you want to book a place on one of Jo's courses then you should book early as the places fill up quickly. Full details and dates can be found on the Courses page.
"My Mosaic Course with Jo Letchford was booked for me as a Christmas present from my daughter. It is the best present anyone could have bought me! My daughter and I both had such a wonderful day. Jo was wonderful, a delightful teacher with a witty sense of humour. She allowed us free expression in our work, which for us both is really important. She is inspirational and generous. We came away thrilled with our work. I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in pursuing a new craft or hobby. She has an excellent display of her exquisite work on display. She has a good selection of tools, kits, tiles and books for sale.
Highly recommend, we shall be visiting again!"

Bobbie Bartlett

Mosaic courses in Folkestone by Jo Letchford 01303 250 717 October 2011
Jo has just added the dates for all the one day mosaic making courses during 2012. Each course will run from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Spaces are limited to ensure that all students receive enough personal help and advice. Gift vouchers are available so you could give a course as a present. Full details of the courses and the dates can be found on the Course page. As spaces are limited they do fill up fast, so if you are thinking of booking a place please do not leave it too late.
September 2011
Above you can see one of Jo's latest mosaics. With the Crab mosaic Jo has once again chosen a coastal theme which always proves popular with visitors to her studio at 43 The Old High Street in Folkestone.
Christmas is approaching fast, so now is a good time to book on one of Jo's one day mosaic making courses so you can make your own mosaic to give to that special person in your life. Of course you could buy a place on one of Jo's courses in the new year as a present for someone. The courses are normally run on the first Saturday of each month and numbers on each day are limited to ensure that all students get all the attention they need from Jo. Full details can be found on the Courses page.
Don't forget if you are coming to Folkestone that the Triennial runs until 25 September and includes work by 19 international artists. Full details can be found on the Folkestone Triennial website.
Jo Letchford mosaics, 43 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1RL for all your mosaic needs, courses, commissions, materials and mosaic sales August 2011
Jo has a new pair of greetings cards for sale in her shop. They are called Life Force 1 and Life Force 2 and they come with a blank inside so you can add your own greeting. Why not pop into the shop at 43 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent and meet Jo and buy some cards? The opening hours can be found on the Shop page.
Jo Letchfrod Mosaics, 43 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1RL July 2011
Jo's shop front has had a facelift. Now with it's bright orange paintwork it is even easier to find. If you are visiting the area for the 2011 Folkestone Triennial please take the time to pop into Jo's shop and say hello. You will find a beautiful gallery of mosaics for sale and all the tools and materials that you need to make your own mosaics. If you don't think you've got the skills needed to make your own mosaic why not enrol on one of Jo's one day courses? You can read more about the courses here. If that still seems a bit daunting why not commission Jo to make your own personal piece of art? Full details can be found here.
  February 2011
Jo was delighted to be offered the chance to take part in ITV's 'May the Best House Win'; those of you who saw the programme broadcast on Friday 11th February may have spotted several of her mosaics. You can read more about the show on their website by clicking here. Also, if you missed the show or would like to watch the it again you can do so with the ITVPlayer, just click here. Please note that the programme will only be available online until 13th March 2011.
Meanwhile Jo is keeping very busy working on various commissions. With the warmer weather now here it may be a good time to think about a weekend at the seaside in Folkestone and taking one of Jo's mosaic courses. There are some places left on most of the course dates. for more details please click here.
Jo Letchford working on the restoration of a large mosaic on the seafront in Dover, Kent October 2010
Jo has recently been involved in restoring Dover's seafront mosaic. 'It was great to be working on such a large mosaic that has been part of Dover's seafront for years. It is a most unusual mosaic map and shows Dover's relationship to England and the continent. The mosaic is clearly popular with both locals and visitors who expressed an interest in what I was doing. Several people said how pleased they are that good care is being taken of the mosaic and many people remember bringing their children to see it over the years.'
February 2010
Jo's latest commission has just been installed in the shop doorway at No 42 The Old High Street, Folkestone, Kent. The design was created by Clare Foster of Foster Gearing in Folkestone and contains many visual references to Folkestone. These traditional mosaics are a great way to enhance and promote your business. Why not contact Jo with a view to commissioning one yourself?
December 2009
Jo has just completed a project working with Cancer Services patients at the Viking Day Unit at Margate's QEQM Hospital, for the full story and more images click here. If you or an organisation that you know are interested in a project like this of a commission please read the Commission page.
Jo would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Nemo mosaic by Jo Letchford Mosaics, folkestone, Kent September 2009
yourshepway has published another article about one of Jo's mosaics. Kate Curl and Rudolf Kremers who work at Retrotech in Folkestone's Old High Street have lost their dog, Nemo and they have asked Jo to make a mosaic with the hope that people would recognise Nemo from the picture. You can see Jo working on the mosaic in the picture above. If you do see Nemo anywhere please contact either Rudolf on 07904 698347 or Kate on 07816 831717. You can read the full story here.
Don't forget Christmas is coming and if you are looking for an unusual gift for that special person why not book them a place on one of Jo's courses? They are run throughout the year and gift vouchers are available. Full details of the courses can be found here.
jo letchford mosaic - fish mosaic August 2009
Left you can see an image of Jo's latest mosaic. This has been installed in a garden in Kent and as you can imagine, the owners are very happy with it. It is in an area where they practice Tai Chi and they say that the mosaic helps with the atmosphere.
Seagull mosaic by Jo Letchford June 2009
yourshepway recently ran an interesting article about a one of Jo's mosaics that has been installed in a shop in The Old High Street in Folkestone. The mosaic is used as a decorative cover to a manhole in the shop's entrance. It is one of two, giving the owner the option of changing the design when he wants. These manhole cover mosaics are the perfect solution for manhole covers situated inside on new conservatories in private homes, so why not cover up an ugly metal cover with a beautiful work of art? The full article can be read here.
  February 2009
The eagled-eyed amongst you may of noticed that we have made a couple of changes to the site, if you haven't noticed them, don't worry as they are very subtle and they have been made to increase your viewing experience.
Also, don't forget if you have been thinking about coming on one of Jo's mosaic courses then please book early, as spaces do go quickly. If you want to read about the courses then please click here.
  January 2009
January is the time to make a New Year's resolution, why not learn an exciting new craft? Jo is running her ever popular mosaic making courses throughout the year. If you are thinking about coming along please book early as they do fill up fast.
Also throughout this month Jo is having a January sale with 10% discount on materials and mosaics. So why not book a course and stock up on materials now while they are being discounted? If you don't feel up to the challenge of making your own mosaic from scratch Jo has a range of easy to make mosaic kits and a wide selection of beautiful hand made mosaics for you to choose from. Please note that the discount does not apply to courses and any other promotion.
Robin mosaic by Jo Letchford December 2008
Seasons greetings and a Happy New Year to all our website visitors! If you are looking to buy a present from Jo's shop please note that she will close at 4.30 on Saturday 20 December and reopen on Friday 2 January. After this, her opening hours will revert to the normal Wednesday to Saturday 10.30 - 4.30. Don't forget that you can buy gift vouchers from Jo, these can be used towards mosaics, tools and materials or even for one of Jo's popular mosaic courses.
Life Force mosaic by Jo Letchford October 2008
Jo's mosaic Life Force is featured on the new CD-ROM "Mosaic Art 4", a collective portfolio of contemporary mosaic art created in 2008 by 761 artists throughout the world. 1365 original mosaics in all mosaic materials and styles on CD-ROM. Further information about Mosaic Art 4 and details of how to order it can be found here.
  September 2008
Jo has just announced the dates of her courses for the first five months of 2009. They can be seen here. If you are thinking about coming along on one of these courses please book early as they do fill up fast and space is limited to six students on each course to enable Jo to give each person her full attention. Also with Christmas coming up a day learning how to make mosaics would make a fantastic gift for someone.
  August 2008
Triennial inspired work.
Jo is working on a mosaic of Andy Tuohy's poster of the 18 Holes. 18 holes is one of the Folkestone Triennial exhibits by Richard Wilson, who has used the abandoned crazy golf course and reconstructed it as three beach huts.
Hopefully the mosaic will be completed in time to be shown at Andy Tuohy's exhibition at The Cube, Tontine Street, Folkestone open Friday 15 August and then weekdays till 26 September 10.00 - 4.30 and Saturdays 16 August and 20 September.
Jo's Folkestone shop now has new opening hours, check them out on the Shop page.