Are you someone who has come through a challenging experience and wants to create a peaceful setting?
Are you looking for a way to incorporate more rituals into your life?
Are you looking to create sanctuary in your home?
Have you been looking for talismans to wear that help you keep spiritual feelings throughout the day?
Are you looking to contribute to a peaceful world, by joining a community of peace?
Do you have a peaceful cause that you want to raise money for? Often times my art is used for that purpose.
When I started metal smithing, it was as if I took the tools out of my back pocket. It felt right. Clearly this was something I was meant to do-- all the time. I was using my grandparents’ story of survival for a paper in a university class on the Holocaust and Genocide, when my grandfather started giving me his tools. With the help of a wonderful metal arts teacher the idea for my first mezuzahs came into being. They had flames, jail bars, and barbed wire on them, yet they preserved an important Jewish tradition, that I was able to share.
In making and explaining those pieces to the class, I realized that it is important to me that we understand our oneness-- we all breathe, we all bleed, we all experience pleasure and pain. Organized religion is not going to bring us together. Yet, there are tools in each one that have value to any human regardless of faith. I want to share Torah so that anyone can use it’s gifts, which I believe will help blur the lines that separate us.
This art is not about converting people to Judaism; this is about understanding that we can all use the vibration of the Torah to raise our resonance, to lift ourselves, to come into peace and harmony with ourselves and the world. The word Israel means: one who has been through a challenging experience and came through with love in their heart. This is the spirit of the Israel that I envision in the world and the one I wish to share through my art.
My work is bold, it makes a statement. It is about people being safe, while being seen in the world.
I work best with clients who:
My Promises: When you choose to work with me, you can absolutely count on receiving high quality metal work, that not only is beautiful, well made, of a nice weight, and uses sustainable materials whenever possible, but also comes with spiritual meaning that will enrich your life.
My intentions: When you choose to work with me I intend to help you create sanctuary, a safe place-- both inside your home and as adornment for your body. This space is filled with the vibration of Torah-- beauty, loving kindness, caring for one another and the earth, for now and for future generations.
Adam Clark - Owner, Scintillant Studio
Enthusiasm.... is the key word when describing Aimee. Enthusiasm coupled with an active and creative mind. She could motivate a stone to do backflips. If you are considering hiring her for ANYTHING don't hesitate, because she wont!
Claire Axelrad - Formerly of JFCS, Principal at Clairification
Aimee is a creative artist whose inspired work comes straight from the heart and will light up your life.
Jason Wingard - Vice Dean at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Aimee Golant's work is outstanding and unparalleled in the metal arts arena. The level of detail and craftsmanship she delivers with each piece is both masterful and innovative--evoking a cathartic experience that only special art can generate. She is the consummate professional--focussed on the needs of the customer, appropriately injecting creative brilliance throughout the process, and providing best-in-class service for customized, commissioned work. I highly recommend Aimee for project work, teaching, or creative consulting.
Laurie Rosenwasser - Former Hadassah President - Upper Midwest Region
Aimee designed and executed a Chai - pewter/bronze/silver - for our Hadassah Region as a fundraising incentive. The chai is beautiful and coveted by our members (as we desired), and Aimee is an absolute pleasure to work with and totally honorable and dependable. I would be happy to hire and work with Aimee any time.
Mara Langer - Speaker - Breast Cancer Advocacy - California's 19th Assembly District Woman of the Year for 2012
Aimee is a fantastic artist, constantly creating new and exciting products reflecting life and living. I have purchased several pieces for myself as well as for gifts - they are always well received and adored by their recipients.
emiko oye - owner, emiko-o, President Metal Arts Guild
Aimee is one of the most hard-working, self-motivated metal artists that I know who is truly making it in the field and inspiring others to follow their calling. She is a dedicated and generous teacher, and approaches her business from a place of spirituality.
Michael Sturtz - Founder of The Crucible, Project Director / Lecturer Stanford University
Aimee is an amazing artist and teacher, her work in both fields is truly inspiring. I have no doubt she can accomplish anything she puts her effort into.
Quick Note: This Blog post is part of a new series. I am writing about Jewish traditions in order to help make them accessible to all people, especially non-Jews. Please help me share....
High Holy Days
There is something to be said about taking a ten day period to celebrate the New Year, reflect on past mistakes, acknowledge them inwardly and outwardly, set intentions for the coming year, and move on. That is what the “Days of Awe” are all about. It is a way to draw a line in the sands of time and try with all your might to be a better person.
The “High Holy Days” refer to the beginning of the cycle - Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and ten days later, the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Rosh (head) Hashanah (of the year). Rosh Hashanah is considered a time of celebration-- a lot like any New Year’s celebration. It is customary to eat apples dipped in honey to signify the hope of a sweet year. Special honey cake and challah bread with sweet golden raisins is baked in the form of a spiral instead of the traditional braid. Toward the end of the Rosh Hashanah prayer service, a shofar (ram’s horn) is blown to loudly mark the beginning of the High Holy Days -- or Days of Awe.
The"Days of Awe" are the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We are instructed to think long and hard about our past year. How did it go? Did we miss the mark? Hurt someone? Hurt ourselves? Where could we improve? Once we’ve spent time looking back, usually before Yom Kippur, it is customary to find those people who we may have hurt and directly acknowledge our missteps, and apologize to them. If someone has hurt you, tell them. Work it out! It is also a good idea to give "Tzedakah" time or money to charitable causes, and food to the poor. This is all a part of renewing your soul. This process is sometimes not easy!
Yom Kippur is the culmination of the past 10 days. The literal translation is day of forgiveness, although the more commonly used translation is "Day of Atonement." On Yom Kippur some people wear white and have nothing to eat or drink at all from the sundown the night before to sundown the night of-- approximately 24 hours. By this time you may have already done your apologizing to people around you that you may have hurt. Now it’s time to apologize to G-d for crimes against yourself/nature the powers that be. It is also time to look toward the year coming in the future and set your intentions. How will you improve next year? What are your spiritual goals for the coming year?
I hope this helped you understand the basics of the High Holy Days so that if you want to incorporate a similar tradition in your life-- you can. I welcome your comments and questions. Please stay in touch! L’Shana Tova! (Happy New Year!)