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yo yo, what's good ?

I'm Jess Morillo

I'm a plant-loving, book reading, picture-taking, craft-making, astrology-believing, mindfulness-advocating, philosophy enthusiast here to show you how precious your life is, how necessary your talent is, and serve you up perspectives that empower you to be comfortable in your own skin.

My goal is to hand you the lessons you need so that you can walk away with your chin up, pep in your step,
and tools in your hand to build the life you dream of. ✨

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For the past decade, I've been developing creative assets for countless companies in various industries, from engineering in the oil fields to branded resorts with lakefront views.

From graphic design to photography, I've done it all. My career has been so fun and I've grown so much along the way. In 2017 I taught camera sciences at Tufts University and fell in love with teaching. And that's what leads me here to you! 📸

After starting a handmade crafts business and generating creative assets for myself, I realized it's where my genius lies, and there are countless creators who are so lost in the trenches of everything it takes to run a craft business that they often can't find the time to slow down and create beautiful creative assets that take their business to another level. So I'm here to help with that! But there are a few other things up my sleeve...

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I used to have long, thick, dirty- blonde hair, and right after college, I lost every last strand.

And with it, my ego transformed. I realized hair was not a necessity to have a good life, and though it took me a while, I evolved through that experience feeling more alive and beautiful.

A big part of how I show up here is proof that whatever you're going through or grief you're experiencing, it's still possible to live a gorgeous, full life despite the fact. 🧡

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After growing up on the West Coast, trying to make it on the East Coast, I finally found the Gulf coast.

And I live in Texas. How I got here? Not really sure, but I met the man of my dreams. And guess what?!? We don't even speak the same language. Yup! Our love transcends even language. 😂

His story is one that made me stop feeling sorry for myself after my hair loss. With a story as powerful as his, I thought to myself, "wtf is my excuse?" And I got to work! 

He helped me start Lady & Lion Co. The name actually comes from our  Zodiac signs. He is a Leo (the Lion) and I am a Virgo (A maiden or lady). 

Him being a carpenter and I a crafter, it made sense to start something that had to do with craft and handmade goods, so we set out on an adventure that was a handmade shop.

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These are some of the creative assets I' 've developed for different businesses over the years...

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A month before I started
losing my hair

But to me, Lady & Lion Co. meant so much more than just a craft business, and after the honeymoon phase wore off, we decided to do our own thing.

You see, I had started a craft business years before, amid depression and a bald head. During the long hours I'd put in fulfilling orders, I'd listen to philosophy lectures, and seminars and Zen theory, and the combination of creating and learning healed my soul in a way I can not explain. I know it worked so well it would mean nothing if I didn't share some of those lessons with you and the world.

So, with that,  Lady and Lion Co. came to represent the tricky balance our ego-self has with our higher self. The word "Lady" is a socially constructed word that means more than "woman" or female," but rather an idealized societal version of what a woman or female should be, and it represents our higher self. The lion stands for that animal within us all.

Lady & Lion Co. welcomes all of you, in entirety, to be your messy self because, after all, creation is messy. I think being a creative is more than just creating pieces of work. I view craft as a rapture, a lesson, and a meditation into how our ego and Godself can coexist, and it would be a shame to miss that insight.

So dear reader, if you've made it this far, welcome. Now that you know a bit about me, I'd love to hear from you! You can write me and tell me a bit about yourself here:

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Aside from online orders, 
we took our handmade goods to 
farmer's markets on the
weekends

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I grew up in Washington State and  am still in love with the landscape there

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Carlos and I met managing a restaurant together and  he asked me out by slipping a symphony chocolate bar through my cracked window with a note and his number scribbled on kitchen tape

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