Four months later, Tim shows up in snowy Taos, New Mexico. Patricia meets him outside and the Project Runway composers really go to town with their version of Native American music. Tim is having a problem walking in the snow and tells her that he's walking like a granddad. She says that she is walking on air. I love Patricia. She interviews that the last four months have been great. It has been nice to find he inspiration again in a place where she is comfortable. She tells Tim what an honor it is to have him there to meet her family. He thinks the place is magical.
Her family is waiting for Tim outside. He hugs Patricia's mother, Juanita. Weird... my mom's name is Patricia and her mother's name is Juanita. And yet, we are not Native American. Patricia interviews that she can be bossy because she has a vision that can be difficult to explain and her family has been very patient with her. He enters Patricia's childhood home and lunch has been prepared. Honestly, this place is brilliant. It is so interestingly and intuitively appointed. It's almost difficult to describe. You certainly realize how little we are exposed to Native American culture in our own. Juanita prays over the food, then they sit down. Patricia tells her stoic stepfather that he can eat as much as he wants because this is his day off of his diet and he answers drily, "What diet?" Patricia says that she doesn't want her children or her parents to feel like all of the hard work was for nothing.
She says that everyone in her family is some type of performer and they need someone to make their clothes. She adds that people are very interested in their culture but do not want to intrude, which is what gave her the idea to create contemporary clothing. Before Patricia leaves with Tim so that they can have her critique, she and Juanita share an emotional moment together. Tim says that it's supposed to be a happy moment and Juanita just says that she is beyond proud of her daughter.
Patricia tells Tim that being raised there gave her the strength to go out into the world. He totally understands. They make it to her studio and she shows him a leather mesh that she is creating. It's going to be a dress. Tim thinks that it's extraordinary. She is also using horsehair. She says that her collection is inspired by trees. He sees one textile that he finds too literal. He describes her nicely by saying that she usually takes a literal idea and makes it abstract. This textile is the opposite and it looks crafty. He tells her that she can't have any self-doubts. He tells her that his visit has been an epiphany for learning about Patricia. He says that it has been wonderful. She loves that he said that to her, but she is worried about her critique.