Ora et Decora

Hello, welcome!

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.” From early childhood I remember God “speaking” to me in different ways. Over the years I started to recognize this Source and wanted to more purposefully connect with it. 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 later, through darkness and through light, I am still here and I am still learning. 💜

I am interested in the connections between our exterior and interior “sacred spaces” – those of the heart, mind, body and soul.

I value, enjoy and draw inspiration from other faiths and cultures as well. 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 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; yet sometimes I’m simply responding to the circumstances of the world we live in, or how / where the Spirit of God moves me.

I enjoy photography, decor, graphic design, drawing, painting, symbolism, reading, writing, poetry, dance, music and singing/songwriting. For years I was part of a band called Hannah’s Prayer. I’ve collaborated on other musical projects and participate in our church’s music ministry.

Stonegarden and Purpleflowers albums ©️Hannah’s Prayer

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.) What I feel called to, is just part of my own spiritual and human pathway… and labor of love.

Thanks for stopping by, and blessings to you on your journey. Let me know your thoughts, insights or how perhaps we can work together! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Redbubble under Ora et Decora. You can also contact me at thekidds@me.com

– Saskia

(Unless indicated) Art, Decor, Photography on this website is the property of ©️oraetdecora

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