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I recall coming across a word in an article that just spoke to me and described my approach to creativity.

The context it was written in referred to a creative piece devoid of unnecessary embellishment, frills, etc. It might have had its roots in a reference to clothing (no excessive lace, ruffles, etc.).

Does anyone know the word? Two kids in two years, and my brain just cannot come up with it! Of course, I should also mention I was a math major, so my word knowledge is lacking.

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    Plain comens to mind – mplungjan Jan 7 '15 at 8:49
  • minimalist or possibly utilitarian – user98990 Jan 7 '15 at 8:51
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    Ack! @LittleEva minimalist was the exact word I was thinking of. Post it, and I'll upvote. – Mari-Lou A Jan 7 '15 at 9:03
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  • @Mari-Lou - good lookin' out, sister! – user98990 Jan 8 '15 at 3:30
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The words minimal-ist, minimal-ism or utilitarian-ist or utilitarian-ism, come to mind ...

Minimal: 2. Minimalist (adjective): of, relating to, or following a style in art, literature, or music that is very simple and uses a small number of colors, parts, materials, etc.; Utilitarian: 2. utilitarian (adjective): made to be useful rather than to be decorative or comfortable. From Merriam-Webster online

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Is unadorned the word you're looking for?

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"Unvarnished" (Collins: "not elaborated upon or glossed; plain and direct "), or "pared-down" (Collins: "with no unnecessary features; reduced to a very simple form")?

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Try also:

  • Austere
  • Bare-bones
  • Spartan
  • Stark
  • Unadorned
  • Simple
  • Streamlined

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