Hedda Morrison was particularly interested in documenting workshop activity and the making of craft objects. Peking?s tangle of streets and lanes concealed many small businesses, including those of stone carvers, carpenters, builders, metalworkers, silversmiths, lacquer carvers and scroll mounters. Most of this activity was concentrated in the Chinese City, and traders in similar materials tended to group together. Jade was carved and traded in Jade Street; nearby areas specialised in brass and pewter wares, embroideries and furs. In her quest to photograph arts and crafts subjects Morrison hired a Chinese man to assist with introductions. She paid him a fee to arrange her visits to workshops and small businesses.