In an effort to reduce packaging, all Ija orders now ship out in our fabulous, organic cotton bags. Reduce, reuse, recycle 💚#ijadesigns #ecochic #oregongrown
What looks perfect peaking out of a cozy beanie? Our Continuous Hoops! There’s a plethora of shapes to choose from and the self clasping earring wire ensures you won’t lose an earring wrestling with winter layers. #ijadesigns #giftideas #hoopsfordays
October is breast cancer awareness month, as well as brain cancer awareness month. For me as a survivor, I have mixed feelings on this. I think it’s wonderful that companies are doing their part to raise money for research, however I think it has also become a money making tool where most often, cancer research is not the main objective.
I designed this piece months ago for myself. I wear mine as a symbol of my own personal strength and courage, it’s a reminder that I am a bad ass cancer warrior and a survivor. I posted a photo on Instagram and had an overwhelming response but to be honest I haven’t been able to put it out there because I was afraid of jumping on the pink bandwagon.
I’m an artist, I have a certain set of skills in which I can use to raise money and have decided to release this piece. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Fighting Fancy, a non-profit started by my friend and fellow cancer survivor, Heather Mason Owens. Heather creates bags for young women, (under 40) who have been recently diagnosed with cancer. The bags contain things that will help during treatment, but also give encouragement to the women who are just beginning their cancer journey. One of the most difficult aspects of being diagnosed at such a young age, (32) was that I was younger than everyone else in the cancer ward by over thirty years. It’s disheartening when all the other cancer patients look at you with pity. Fighting Fancy allows young women to find a bond, a sense of pride that they are not alone and are supported by other women who have been there and survived.
This is my means of giving back to all those who supported me along my journey.
OK! Magazine featured Ija’s Zodiac necklaces as one of their “Timeless Staples for the Season”.
Get yours here, http://ijadesigns.com/zodiac/
Ija’s most recent photo shoot was a dream come true. I love when the image you have in your mind is surpassed by the quality of the final product. My inspiration for this shoot was the Alvord Desert in Eastern Oregon. Having lived in Oregon my whole life, I’d heard tales but had never found the time to make the trek.
The desert spoke to me and the year that I have just come through. The juxtaposition of the dry lake bed against the rugged, snowcapped Steens mountain range was amazing. To me it represented the parched reality of life with cancer and the hope of survival.
The phenomenal collection of women who made the ridiculously long journey made it all worth while. My beloved girlfriend Sarah Evans did the styling. She showed up at my home a couple nights before and over a bottle of wine we played with her insane collection of clothing. She takes fashion to another level. Hair and makeup was knocked out of the park by Annie Simmons. Annie, Sarah and I have known one another for over ten years and met working together at a local record store when we were kids. The stunning model for the shoot is my incredibly beautiful little sister, Celeste. Her eyes seem to see straight to your soul. My phenomenal mother in law sent me with the Moroccan rug from her living room; knowing it would look amazing against the desert floor and Sarah and Annie had the genius idea of collecting the bleached bones of an unfortunate steer from the side of the road. They were the perfect accent for the shots although my car still faintly smells of dead cow.
For the very first time I played photographer and although I know a REAL photographer would have done a much better job; I wasn’t too bad. The lovely thing about the shoot was that we all worked together to find the perfect shot/angle. I feel blessed to have been surrounded by such creative women. They filled my soul artistically as well as spiritually. The perfect day ended with all of us in the local hot springs, listening to the wind whistle past as we basked in the evening light. Perfection.
I had the honor of being featured on the595project this month as their “spotlight on design”. Vickee and I are dear friends and is evident in our easy rapport during the interview. If you’d like to know more about me as an Artist and a woman, be sure to watch.
Absolutely adore her. She has always been an inspiration of mine both in style and drive; it’s lovely to see that she is beautiful both inside and out.
Wear Now, Wear Later: The Toggery Joslyn Mini Dress:
Thanks Future Standard!