January 04, 2008 05:00 PM

Mitch Haaseth/Bravo

She spit on her dresses to bless them. She’s rubbed her fabric with grass to “imbibe it with a natural essence.” Nobody would confuse Elisa Jimenez, a practiced interdisciplinary artist, with a conventional Project Runway contestant. For six weeks, she was a singular and delightfully eccentric presence. But Jimenez was sent packing on Wednesday’s episode after failing to wow the judges with her candy-inspired dress. True to form, the designer left with some happy tears and a spiritual benediction (or at least that’s what it sounded like). Calling from her New Mexico home, Jimenez translated her parting words on the runway, explained why spitting is spiritual and her beef with dry cleaning. Click here to read the full interview only on PEOPLE.com. Come back and tell us what you think: Did Elisa deserve to be auf-ed?

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