Her successful application to the RCA came from a desire to develop her illustration and design skills together as one. As an RCA undergraduate she won first prize in both the Dorma Award and Graham & Brown Award. Upon graduation Erica founded her Erica Wakerly label launching her first groundbreaking and highly acclaimed collection of wallpapers in 2006 for which she received Elle Decoration Best Wallcovering Award 2007 and Homes & Gardens Young Designer of the Year 2007. Erica launched her first collection of textiles in 2009. As well as having establishing a global distribution network with representatives in over 25 countries she continues to work for private clients on bespoke commissions and large scale public spaces projects. In 2012 Erica contributed a unique design for Wallpaper* Magazine Handmade exhibition in Milan. She lives and works with her young family in Margate, Kent.