Color & Materials Design

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Sally Erickson Wilson

Chair of MFA Color & Materials Design

Sally Erickson Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Textile Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England. After earning a postgraduate diploma in Marketing at Kingston University in Surrey, she received her master’s degree in Textile Design from the Royal College of Art in London.

Sally Erickson Wilson received her master’s degree in Textile Design from the Royal College of Art in London. Followed by several years designing color and material concepts for Peugeot and Citroën brands at Peugeot S.A. in Paris, France, she then went on to Turin, Italy working for Ford Motor Company’s studio Ghia SpA. These foundational experiences led to successive stints as Chief Color and Materials Designer—first for Fiat and then for Ford Motor Company in England and Michigan—where Erickson Wilson led design teams responsible for delivering color and materials programs and strategy.

Industry experience continued at Johnson Controls leading the North American fabric design team before returning to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan as Chair of the Color and Materials Design MFA program.

Sally's studio weaving practice is focussed on color and pattern. Research interests include trend development for both consumer insight and color.