The History of the WTRH Crest

Denise Yates and I are both passionate about Welsh Terriers and the future of our beloved rare breed. From sourcing difficult-to-find photographs, to collecting oral histories of record holders, Denise has worked tirelessly on this project. What she has accomplished is remarkable, and her dream of making this history accessible is a gift.

I was honored to be brought on to develop the website, graphic design and crest art for WTRH. WTRH is more than just a website– it is a living, breathing archive. WTRH preserves a rich heritage and is ready for new history as it is made.

My vision for the WTRH logo was a historic-style crest. My sister told me that historically, crests were visual in nature because back when they were the recognized symbols, viewers did not know how to read. Any text was usually secondary slogans. I decided that the meaning be represented in the icons represented, and that the text be slogans which could be descriptive words about the breed. I asked Denise to supply me with suitable slogans. The crest began as a drawing in India ink, which I then translated into a carving, then a block print. At that point, I needed to bring in another visual person’s eye. I brought in my sister, who has a background in cultural heritage studies and has a Masters in Museum Studies.

Left: The mess of the creative process. Designing the WTRH Crest.
Right: Miles wearily oversees the development of the WTRH crest. Courtesy E. Kesler.
- Emma Kesler, Artist of WTRH Crest

Having studied medieval literature in my undergraduate degree, specifically that of the Arthurian legend, heraldry was an interest of mine and I enjoyed the opportunity of this project. Emma had already come up with beautiful foliage for the mantling, a trophy in place of the helm, and the terrier crest, which I thought would be complemented within the shield by the simplicity of the flag of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. With a focus on ensuring the mantling would be accurate and unique both in monochrome and in full colour, I refined Emma’s design and we worked together to position the flag in the centre of the crest. Hand-lettering and calligraphy are a hobby of mine, and the final step was to model a font based on Welsh stone carvings for the motto.

Dignified, Intrepid, Indefatigable

Once I was finished with the hand-drawn lettering and revision of Emma’s original hand-drawn crest, Emma got to work digitalizing it. This is a lengthly process involving smoothing lines, and “vectorizing” the logo so that it can be easily scaled up for a wide variety of printing needs.

- Marika Kesler, Artist Contributor of WTRH Crest

The WTRH crest was officially completed December of 2018, by Kesler sisters Marika and Emma.

The History of the WTRH Crest

Denise Yates and I are both passionate about Welsh Terriers and the future of our beloved rare breed. From sourcing difficult-to-find photographs, to collecting oral histories of record holders, Denise has worked tirelessly on this project. What she has accomplished is remarkable, and her dream of making this history accessible is a gift.

I was honored to be brought on to develop the website, graphic design and crest art for WTRH. WTRH is more than just a website– it is a living, breathing archive. WTRH preserves a rich heritage and is ready for new history as it is made.

My vision for the WTRH logo was a historic-style crest. My sister told me that historically, crests were visual in nature because back when they were the recognized symbols, viewers did not know how to read. Any text was usually secondary slogans. I decided that the meaning be represented in the icons represented, and that the text be slogans which could be descriptive words about the breed. I asked Denise to supply me with suitable slogans. The crest began as a drawing in India ink, which I then translated into a carving, then a block print. At that point, I needed to bring in another visual person’s eye. I brought in my sister, who has a background in cultural heritage studies and has a Masters in Museum Studies.

Left: The mess of the creative process. Designing the WTRH Crest.
Right: Miles wearily oversees the development of the WTRH crest. Courtesy E. Kesler.
- Emma Kesler, Artist of WTRH Crest

Having studied medieval literature in my undergraduate degree, specifically that of the Arthurian legend, heraldry was an interest of mine and I enjoyed the opportunity of this project. Emma had already come up with beautiful foliage for the mantling, a trophy in place of the helm, and the terrier crest, which I thought would be complemented within the shield by the simplicity of the flag of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. With a focus on ensuring the mantling would be accurate and unique both in monochrome and in full colour, I refined Emma’s design and we worked together to position the flag in the centre of the crest. Hand-lettering and calligraphy are a hobby of mine, and the final step was to model a font based on Welsh stone carvings for the motto.

Dignified, Intrepid, Indefatigable

Once I was finished with the hand-drawn lettering and revision of Emma’s original hand-drawn crest, Emma got to work digitalizing it. This is a lengthly process involving smoothing lines, and “vectorizing” the logo so that it can be easily scaled up for a wide variety of printing needs.

- Marika Kesler, Artist Contributor of WTRH Crest

The WTRH crest was officially completed December of 2018, by Kesler sisters Marika and Emma.