Ora et Decora

Hello, welcome!

photo: Monique Steenbeek

My name is Saskia Kidd (Steenbeek) and I studied Fine Arts and Art Education in The Netherlands and United States. I am passionate about art, and all things sacred. I myself am rooted in Christ; more so through personal spiritual experiences throughout my life than through tradition or sense of “obligation.” From early childhood I remember God “speaking” to me in different ways. Over the years I started to recognize this Divine Source and felt the need to connect with it more intentionally. I believe I was eventually led to a perfectly imperfect community of faith that genuinely seeks God, loves and accepts all people, values different expressions of worship, prayer and learning; encourages, challenges, and cares about social justice, the earth, and the common good. Many years later, through darkness and through light, I am still here; I am still learning and, hopefully, growing – and I much prefer mystery to dogma.

“The man who has many answers

is often found

in the theaters of information

where he offers, graciously,

his deep findings.

While the man who has only questions,

to comfort himself, makes music.”

©️ Mary Oliver

I am interested in the connections between our exterior and interior “sacred spaces” – those of the heart, mind, body and soul. I also value, enjoy and draw inspiration from other faiths, cultures, traditions: more often than not, we have so much in common. In fact, I believe we are all connected and in need of each other in this beautiful and simultaneously challenging, world. I also believe that more and more, we are seeking to “tune in” to our shared consciousness as spiritual beings, through our Divine Source and Creator of All…or simply put: Love.

Besides visiting existing sacred spaces, (including Nature- the Original Sanctuary) I try to facilitate environments and experiences intended to be conducive to worship, prayer, reflection, connection, interaction and response; for people of all ages. 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, and how the Spirit of God moves me.

Ora et Decora means: “Pray and Decorate” (or enhance, embellish, make beautiful) – 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! In addition to decor I also freelance in photography, exterior & interior design and Dutch / English translating work.

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Redbubble under Ora et Decora. You can also contact me at thekidds@me.com

– Saskia

Photo: Owen Kidd

(Unless indicated) all art, decor, photography on this website is the property of ©️oraetdecora

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