James Enos creates one-of-a-kind art books that take place in his self-constructed world known as the "Kid Stuff Universe." Each book features a linear story, complete with fold-out pages with hand-drawn illustrations that can extend upwards of 275 cm. His books all weave together to form a canon inspired by James' life experiences and pop-culture of the late 80s and early 90s. Some favorites include the sitcom Full House, the cartoon series The Swan Princess, and picture books adapted from major motion pictures.
To craft his stories, James takes 3 books from his personal collection and reads them over and over again to get a sense of their structure. While re-reading the book, he begins changing the characters and plot until they become a completely new narrative. However, all of the books feature Michelle Tanner from Full House as the main heroine. As this new story solidifies in his mind, James scavenges around the Portland Art & Learning Studio, a 10,000 sqft studio for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for a shell to house his creation in. When he's done writing the story and taping it into the shell, he starts to make his unique fold-out illustrations. When asked about his books, James will tell you that they are all part of one giant story, which he has been parsed out across the "Kid Stuff Universe."