Birkeland has a masters degree in fashion design from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and started her own label Ingunn Birkeland Oslo (IBO) in 2005. Since then she has had several fashion shows and exhibitions, and dressed up celebrities and royalties for many occasions. Several Norwegian museums, amongst others the National Museum in Norway, has bought outfits from Birkeland for their permanent collection of Norwegian fashion design.
As a young girl, Birkeland spent hours by her mother and grandmother's side, watching them weaving on a loom. Already at the age of four, she started learned different crafting techniques such as knitting, crocheting and embroidery in addition to weaving. Today, her trademark woven square pattern is indeed a way of weaving, though made on a large table instead of on a loom. It is curios how the pattern now has made its way back to the loom—where it all started.