Change is inevitable throughout our lives and over the years, we will face heartbreak, loss, starting a new job and even travelling to new places for a holiday or migration.

The touring What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? exhibition, curated by Liz Cooper, is being displayed at Forty Hall over the next couple of months and looks at how stitching can help people cope with change.

The art work explores damage and repair, disease and medicine, healing and restoration, as well as looking at landscapes, bodies, minds and objects.

The exhibition title is taken from a 2013 talk by artist Dorothy Caldwell, who often leaves her home in Ontario, Canada, to explore her fascination with landscapes and how humans have marked and visualised them over the centuries. This includes ancient hills in southern Australia and remote Inuit communities living near the Arctic Circle. Dorothy transforms these ideas into semi-abstract wall-hung works that are then hand-stitched into layers of dyed cloth and felt.

The show will feature work by Freddie Robins, an artist known for challenging the perception of knitting and combining machine-knitting with hand-crafted and found objects to explore crime, illness and fear.

Celia Pym, who has knitted her way around Japan, rescues other people's discarded clothes and darns them and also the bags of medical students in the Dissecting Room at Kings College London.

Karina Thompson investigates how medical research uses high-tech embroidery to help with heart disease or leukaemia and even leprosy. She makes highly- technical stitch pieces which look like quilts from a distance but if examined more closely, resemble heart scans and skeletons of people who have had leprosy.

Liz, who was born in New Zealand but has lived in Clapham for 30 years, describes herself as a craft curator and was inspired by the recent financial recession, which she says got people interested in the idea of make do and mend.

The artists are therefore looking at things that have been damaged and how stitch is a way of patching things up.

She says: "Not everybody is actually looking at fixing things wholly, so that is why the title of the show looks at making things okay, rather than what we need to do to make it better.

"It is that idea of reconciling yourself to some kind of change that has happened, whether it is something about a mental distress, illness or a change in the landscape."

What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA, until Sunday, November 20, details: