My name is Saskia. I studied Fine Arts and Art Education in The Netherlands and The United States. I am passionate about art, and all things sacred. I myself am rooted in Christ; more through personal spiritual experiences throughout my life rather than through tradition or sense of “obligation.” Looking back to my childhood, with its own mixture of joys and sorrows, fears, dreams and hopes, I remember God speaking to me in both profound and simple ways. Over the years the desire to more purposefully connect with this amazing Source kept getting stronger. I believe I was eventually led to a perfectly imperfect community of faith that, overall, genuinely seeks God, loves people, values different expressions of worship, prayer and learning; encourages, challenges, and cares about social justice, the earth, and the common good. Many years of life later, through darkness and through light, I am still here and I am still learning. 💜
I also deeply value, enjoy and draw inspiration from various faiths and cultures. I find that more often than not, we have much in common. When you know your own center, there’s no need to fear or malign other beliefs.
Besides visiting existing sacred spaces, (including Nature- the Original Sanctuary) I love creating environments and experiences intended to be conducive to worship, prayer, reflection, connection, interaction and response. Mostly this evolves organically and in the moment; though usually with a certain theme or concept in mind. I try to be cohesive with existing space, current message, liturgy of the season; and sometimes I’m simply responding to the circumstances of the world we live in, or how / where the Spirit of God moves me.
I am interested in the connections between our exterior and interior “sacred spaces” – those of the heart, mind, body and soul. I love photography, decor, graphic design, drawing, painting, symbolism, reading, writing, poetry, music and singing. I also work in Interior Design/ Decoration and Photography.
Ora Et Decora means: “Pray and Decorate” (or Enhance, Embellish) – simply my play on the Medieval Latin motto found in Christian Mysticism and the monastic life: “Ora et Labora,” meaning: “Pray and Work” (or Pray and Labor.)
Thanks for stopping by, and blessings to you on your journey. Let me know your thoughts, insights or how perhaps we can work together! I live in the Pacific Northwest. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Redbubble under Ora et Decora. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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