Her work appears gender neutral in a subtle and unconscious manner, something of which Ferm describes as a last moment decision, but a natural and logical presentation. “I thought my supervisors would consider it too confusing to present on both male and female. But after the second to last presentation, I realised it didn’t make sense to present on only men, since I had done fittings on myself.” She then continues to discuss how she sees all of her silhouettes working on both male and female body forms, but eloquently notes how the menswear sector “is far more conservative than womenswear”.
“Should you tell a friend that you saw someone in a swimsuit at the opera, the friend would probably be less interested in what it looked like than if it was presented in its intended context.”
Having previously noted that Ingrid Loschek and Joanne Entwistle’s theory texts catalysed her most recent project SWIMSUIT/SUIT, Ferm remarks upon her unusual source of inspiration. “As I have dyslexia, reading text is not what I do to get inspiration. But with these texts, it was different.” Talking of fashion’s vulnerability, the young designer expands upon the importance of context, or lack of, in the design process. “Take that look out of its context, and it no longer matters how it looks. It might seem inappropriate and wrong in a different space. Should you tell a friend that you saw someone in a swimsuit at the opera, the friend would probably be less interested in what it looked like than if it was presented in its intended context.” Ferm shows a passionate interest in the ‘dressed body’, contemplating of the importance of context when forming in a look, she remarks how it’s “interesting to analyse what context does to the look after it is created. Instead of letting the context form the look, you analyse what the context contributes.”
Reflecting on her post-graduation life in the present pandemic world, Ferm shows resilience, with her current position as an assistant for the textile artist Ulla-Stina Wikander in Gothenburg, asserting her a sense of stability. She shows a keen passion to continue to expand upon her graduate work, showing an unwavering desire to improve pieces she admits she wasn’t completely satisfied with. “I have some ideas that I didn’t have the time to fully explore before, so I think I am going to squeeze out what’s left of this concept before continuing to a new project.”