According to Angie, Mayhem actually does a lot of the work in planning and constructing the dresses. Angie "see[s] her learning new skills every day" (HuffPost). If Angie's not home, that doesn't stop Mayhem from producing a new work; she finds the construction paper and tape and creates something single-handedly, and insists upon Angie photographing it as soon as possible. The materials used in Mayhem's works are many and varied. She is limited only be the number of pliable materials in her house; tissue paper, aluminum foil, toilet paper, and athletic tape have all been employed to manufacture original Mayhem creations. Unfortunately, most of Mayhem's creations don't last too long; they are taken apart piece by piece and the remaining paper is put aside to produce the next day's dress. A few of Mayhem's dresses have survived, and they currently hang on the walls in her room.
Angie has been surprised by Mayhem's desire to continue making the dresses; her daughter's interests are many and varied, and Angie expected her to lose interest relatively quickly. Now, ten months later, Mayhem's still making at least one new dress a week. She pulls inspiration from everywhere, and her dresses show a similar breadth of interest. From the shark dress inspired by an aquarium trip to the Olympic bobsledder's outfit to the vacation-inspiration-board-turned dress, Mayhem relies on all sorts of ideas and themes to create her outfits.
Mayhem's nickname originated with the AllState commercial, The Jogger; apparently, she had donned a pink headband and started throwing her toys around the room mere moments before this commercial appeared on the family television. This vivacious and energetic child is already capable of so much creativity; it will be thrilling to see how she channels this imagination as she grows up.
The importance of imaginative play in children is not to be underestimated; according to the research of Russ, et.al., pretend play can be linked to creativity and divergent thinking as children get older. This ability may enable these kids to come up with unique solutions to problems in later life, especially if they enter professions that require them to discover new ways of solving social, medical, or technological issues. Although it's hard to tell at this age, Mayhem's ability to think outside the box and work with her mother to create new and exciting designs may show us a glimpse of her future successes.
Check out more from Mayhem at @2sisters_angie on Instagram, or on the #fashionbymayhem website.