His repeat designs are a natural for wrapping paper, tissue paper and other stationery products. Ceramics, dinnerware and kitchen textiles are other categories that fit his designs. "My designs tend not to be centered around an image, so they work well for larger surfaces," he said.
International Greetings licensed his designs for a line of small paper products merchandised in dollar bins in Michaels Stores last year.
Yenter has also broken into the menswear category with a line of shirts for Johnston & Murphy. "The spring
Yenter's most recent fabric designs are his graphix collections, including WintergraphixIIis, a contemporary winter-themed collection featuring snowflakes and trees; Hallowgraphix, featuring Halloween imagery; and Floragraphix IV, which mixes florals, geometrics and scroll designs.
"Sales reps pre-selling those collections since January are saying the response has been really strong," said Yenter.
Mixing different design elements from various time periods is a trend Yenter is following. "I'll take antique French textiles from the 1800s and scan the images then layer different motifs on top of those images," he said. "We're seeing more of this melding of different motifs to create a more layered, contemporary look. With a million different companies out there showing their designs, you need to find a look that hasn't been done before," he said.
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